Just outside the hotel at the corner of Flinders Street and Spencer Street is a 6-ton, 26-foot tram that appears to be flipped on its side, its rear sticking straight up toward the sky. No accident occurred here, however. Rather, this sculpture is an ode to Melbourne’s last W-class “rattler” tram.
The installation, by artist David Bell, is titled “Raising the Rattler Pole—The Last of the Connie’s.” It is painted black, rather than the familiar yellow and white trams you’ll see today, though the windows seem to eerily light up at night.
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