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is known as one of the world’s great street art capitals for its unique expressions of art on approved outdoor locations.
Wandering around the streets of East Melbourne we happened across some lovely street art (and lots of vandalizing graffiti).
Having read that Melbourne is famous for its street art and knowing how I’ve enjoyed it in Malaysia (Penang and Ipoh), my daughter and I deliberately set out to discover some great street art in Melbourne.
We started with ACDC lane and immediately realised that it’s nothing like the controlled, static and beautiful street art we saw in Malaysia. Instead the walls covered in street art in Melbourne are dynamic, alive and chaotic. It feels like the art is never safe and that must present different challenges related to impermanence to artists compared to traditional art forms. They are more like Buddhist sand mandalas in that way.
I freely admit that I don’t understand the symbolism in most of the street art that we saw. I do however respect the incredibly difficult task of working outdoors with spray paint on difficult surfaces with awkward angles and dimensions.
Many of the most breathtaking examples of street art that we saw are very difficult to photograph in their entirety due to the narrow nature of the laneways and the huge sizes of the works.
There were paintings that I loved, others I was indifferent to and then some that I abhorred and those are the paintings that depict violence or are misogynistic.
From Hosier Lane we wandered down Union Lane and found a sign prohibiting daytime painting during the Christmas period. We also were a little perplexed about why 3 men were sitting in the dark in a laneway that smells of urine but we suspect they were artists protecting their work.
I think that my favourite laneway is Croft Alley with this incredible painting of a sleeping beauty and the great paintings of jungle animals.
Manythanks to Melbourne local government for allowing street art!
I love the work of this artist: https://kaffeinestreetartist.wordpress.com/