The Melbourne Art Trams project, an ongoing collaboration with Creative Victoria and Yarra trams, returns in 2015 with a focus on Melbourne’s iconic buildings.

The city’s ever-growing skyline will be a focus for this year’s applicants, who are invited to reflect the impact architecture has on Melbourne’s lure and charm.

Emerging and established local artists are being asked to decorate the exteriors multiple Yarra Trams, with a one in eight chance to win $5,000.

While the 2014 finalists drew on multiple sources of inspiration, with artworks varying from a field to tulips to the Australian backyard, this year’s focus will help curate a connected body of public art.

Diverse as their works, the 2014 finalists came from all backgrounds; including a year 12 Wesley College student and one of Australia’s leading landscape painters. The second year of installment also saw emerging artist, Callum Croker, win people’s choice award and subsequently take away cash earnings of an extra $5,000.

The eight artists chosen this year will be announced in early June and their final designs are set to hit the streets of Melbourne on September 21.

On show for The Melbourne Festival in October, the Art Trams project is sure to draw a crowd to the CBD and attention to Melbourne’s majestic cityscape. The public can vote for their favourite concept in late November.

www.melbournefestival.com.au/trams