Beneath Fed Square, a vast network of criss-crossing tunnels and trenches serve an equally vast variety of functions. This is the venue for our Sensory Underground experience, part of our fabulous Anything But Square Festival celebrating Melbourne’s arts culture and the unique features of iconic and loved space!
Enter through Platform 13, Flinders St Station, where Harry Potter meets Blade Runner in an ambient, neon-lit futurescape, deep in the labyrinthian underbelly of Fed Square. Witness the future in this cultural crossover of art, light and sound.
Marvel at Blade Runner-inspired lighting installations by Kit Webster, immerse yourself in the ambient electronic soundtrack by London’s Rival Consoles, take a break in the Future VR Spa created by Phoria and, before you leave, enjoy a sojourn into a robot’s den curated by the enigmatic Paul Findlay.
What’s more, there’s a whole world of eco-friendly genius beneath the earth at Fed Square – an automatic heating and cooling system sits below Fed Square’s Atrium, pumping air fresh off the surface of the Yarra into and out of the space according to temperature. Elsewhere, springy buffers absorb the shockwaves of trains passing beneath the square. You can’t feel it at all topside, but beneath the earth the rumble of passing trains is earth-shaking and incredible to experience. There’s a whole ecosystem of abandoned building projects, arcane and obscure plans, half-stocked restaurants that never were and more just dying to be discovered beneath Fed Square!
The Sensory Underground experience opens to the public after Open House Melbourne – so now’s your chance to be the first ever to experience this extraordinary exhibition!