The milk bar has always been part of the Australian fabric of life. A meeting place, a place to stock up on 5c lollies, or somewhere to pick up a Blue Heaven milkshake in the depths of summer.
Callum Preston experienced all of this, and it stuck with him. Growing up in the 1990s, Preston remembers his local milk bar as a place of wonder, stickered with faded posts of Diet Coke-loving windsurfers, and Chiko roll girls draped on motorbikes, along with, of course, the scent of musk sticks, jelly snakes, and meat pies.
Preston—a Melbourne-based sculptor, artist, and illustrator—has taken all of these childhood memories and spun them into his latest project, ‘Callum Preston’s MILK BAR’, which sees him recreating an operational, life-size milk bar completely housed inside Collingwood’s RVCA Corner Gallery.