GLASS from a demolished city shop and hefty salvaged steel beams are being used to craft an artistic oasis at Yackandandah.
Yack Station will be a Brunswick-style industrial warehouse leased to artists and artisans.
The aim is not to put on exhibitions but instead provide a two-storey workspace that gives visitors an insight into how the creative process works.
The main structural frame for the two-stage project has been built, with the concrete floor poured — yesterday workers were grinding some of the floor slab.
Yack Station — on the site of the old Yackandandah railway terminus — is a private project headed by the Wodonga-based Indi Architects.
Indi project manager Kevin Poyner said the potential of Yack Station was “huge for the size of the town”.
“The stage one only can accommodate 15 to 20 artists all working on their respective arts, whether it’s jewellery or metalwork, carpentry or painting.”
Mr Poyner said it was encouraging 17 prospective tenants had registered expressions of interest.
They will get their chance to look over the building and the spaces that will be available at a meet-and-greet event in November.
“Hopefully some of the expressions of interest will become leases,” he said.
Most initial lessees are expected to be from the Yackandandah area.
Some may be people already working in their kitchen or shed.
“They want to come to a space where it becomes more professional and more creative and where they can share ideas with other creative people,” Mr Poyner said.
Yack Station will include a railway museum in homage to the site’s former use.
Because of the almost exclusive use of second-hand materials, the building program is determined by when these arrive on site.
Mr Poyner said he had given himself this year to get stage 1 built.
“It’s fantastic to see all these second-hand materials going back into a building and making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear,” he said.
Indigo mayor Barb Murdoch said Yack Station would complement the town’s existing arts and culture movement.