RISING: Golden Square Car Park

Festivals and Celebrations

26 May 2021 to 6 Jun 2021 Daily Event

RISING’s spiraling, sparkling Chinatown art car park. Golden Square is a swirling vortex of contemporary art from Australia and abroad — a concrete temple to big ideas.

Starting on the car park roof you’ll take in a Blade Runner-esque skyline lit up by building-sized projections. Grab a cocktail from Fancy Free’s pop-up bar—Melbourne’s impressively pedigreed travelling bar crew (The Black Pearl, Leonardo’s Pizza Palace)—before navigating new commissions from major Australian contemporary artists, including underfoot murals and melting columns of frozen lake water. You’ll then head down through the carpark’s lower levels exhibiting video, performance and sculptural works.

In its first year, Golden Square’s curatorial theme, Inland Tides, examines migration, colonisation, technology, consumerism and an environment in flux. Celestial bodies move aquatic swells, fresh water meets salt, minerals are deposited, and information exchanged. By the time you reach street level, the world’s going to look different.


Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Teenager Teenager, 2011
Patty Chang, Invocation for a Wandering Lake, 2016
Reko Rennie,  Initiation OA_RR, 2021
Lu Yang,  Power of Will—final shooting, 2016
Parallel Park, Mission Surge, 2018
Tabita Rezaire, DEEP DOWN TIDAL, 2017
Lucy Bleach, By This Lake, 2021
Jason Phu, James Nguyen, Nabilah Nordin and Veisinia Tonga, Parade for the Moon, 2021
Agnieszka Polska, The New Sun, 2017


Bar Carpark Public Toilet


From AU$23.00

Plus booking fee.

Event Dates

Daily Event

26 May 2021 to 6 Jun 2021

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