The Pigeons of Melbourne

The form, structure and beauty of pigeons are often overlooked by commuters rushing around on their daily business.Various flocks of pink pigeons were installed in a tree and several rooftops throughout the city drawing attention from people that generally overlook them.




“When I first saw the pink pigeons in the tree, I knew I had to move here.” Vanessa, Queensland migrant to Melbourne

How was the space first identified and who was contacted to secure it?

I found several spaces, on a walk around the city.

To secure these spaces I contacted the City of Melbourne's Arts and Culture branch, who put me onto the relevant people.

For private premises, I contacted the manager of the store, who then put me onto the real estate agent, who then contacted the owner.

What was required to secure the space?

Public Liability Insurance. I found very cheap insurance through Art Workers, which is run out of Queensland, but open to everyone in Australia and most places overseas.

What needed to be provided by you as hirer or user of the space?

A copy of my Public Liability Insurance.

Dates the work was to be in place for.

A contract agreeing that I was responsible for any damage caused.

My description of the work.

What were the costs?

Other than the ingredients to make the art:

Crane hire

Hard hats


Witches hats and tape to divert foot traffic

12 people to assist with installation


Cable ties

Event launch collateral (invites, postage, mirophone, stand and stage hire etc)

What were the resources available to you?

City of Melbourne Arts Grant

A slight discount with crane hire

Brunetti's sponsored the event launch

Who helped you to fit it out?


Brunetti's sponsored the event launch

What were/are the obstacles?

At first glance of a space, you would assume only one person manages one space. But there are many departments that manage elements of the city. This includes separate departments for street signs, roads, footpaths, trees, parks, lighting, information booths, the river, buildings, poles that are connected to the tram, poles that hold up electricity wires and poles that hold up lights.

What were/are the risks?

Injuring the public