Soul Train


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Soul Train is suggestive of the engine car of a steam train and hints at the growth of industry and agriculture.

The original model for the sculpture is a playful combination of colour and form. It was made up of everyday objects such as wooden building blocks, parts from children’s games, a toothbrush holder and a sauce bottle lid.

Soul Train is designed to celebrate the rail history of the area in the form of a surprising and colourful ‘folly’.

Fabricated by Derek John, DJ Projects.

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About the artist

Louise Paramor


Born in Sydney in 1964, Louise Paramor is a Melbourne based artist who received a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from Curtin University in 1985 and a Postgraduate Diploma (Sculpture) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1988.

Paramor is well known for her large-scale public art commissions, which often combine formal concerns with a pop-inspired sensibility. Commissions include Panorama Station, Peninsula Link Freeway, Melbourne (2012), and more recently, Transformer, Moreland Train Station, Coburg, Melbourne (2021).

Paramor has regularly exhibited her work nationally and internationally since 1988 and has been awarded several grants and international residencies including an Australia Council Fellowship at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 1999-2000.

In 2010 she won the prestigious McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award with her piece Top Shelf. Recently the National Gallery of Victoria commissioned the artist to create the installation Palace of the Republic (2017), a series of large scale paper sculptures that referenced her earlier artistic practice, in conjunction with a survey of her recent colourful plastic assemblages.

Paramor’s work is held in many collections including Art Gallery of Western Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Curtin University, Monash University Museum of Art, Artbank; Geelong Gallery, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Victoria, and Gold Coast City Art Gallery.

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About the project

Art on the Great Victorian Rail Trail brings walkers and riders on a journey of artistic discovery through beautiful Taungurung Country.

In 2021 Murrindindi, Mitchell and Mansfield Shire Councils were successful in receiving $1.2 million through the Victorian Government’s Regional Tourism Investment Fund to create large-scale art installations along the Great Victorian Rail Trail.

Eight artists were engaged to create seven major art installations and 20 smaller works that have been placed along the length of the trail. You can discover them all here.