In 1979 David Humphries was commissioned to design the outdoor decorations for Melbourne's 25 th Moomba Festival.
"Humphries was one of those whiz - kids with mixed - media and entrepreneurial flair. After art school in
Sydney he painted, created happenings, directed festivals, went to London to complete a post - graduate diploma in Arts Administration,focused his studies on festivals and public art. traveled to every festival in
the world he could find, and by 30 was freelancing back in OZ"
His Gateway Neon Arch with its flashing lights zipping and pulsating above the parade celebrates the festival spirit and has
become the icon of Melbourne's Moomba ,
The Arch received the 1979 National Outdoor Advertising Association Award.
Every year the 6 meters by 4 meter high neon is re erected over the tram tracks at the
southern end of Princess Bridge opposite the Victorian Arts Centre.