Muswellbrook Rail Underpass, New England Highway

Muswellbrook Shire Council

Moir Landscape Architecture were engaged by Muswellbrook Shire Council to develop concepts to improve the aesthetic appeal of the rail underpass over the New England Highway, which is the gateway to the town center. With the economic focus of the town so firmly on mining and the thoroughbred horses we saw the location and the structure as an opportunity to draw attention to the natural landscape elements that provided the inspiration for the name of the town and the setting for the LGA.

The proposed installation had to comply with the requirements of ARTC and RTA and had to be sufficiently robust to cope with the exposure to vibration, weather, coal dust from the trains and potential vandalism. The proposal consists of simple forms representing nearby Muscle Creek, the Hunter River and surrounding mountain ranges laser cut from corten steel and extruded and fixed from the underpass walls. Small cut out and formed abstracted fish, reptile and bird figures represent the fauna that dwell within the landscape. The project is programmed for completion in early 2014.