In July I dragged the kids out of the house into the cold wintry Melbourne. It was the school holidays and we were having a stay – cation! The intentions of our stay at home holidays were great; pack two weeks full of fun activities whilst discovering Melbourne, our own backyard. . The plan and the reality were quiet different story all together.. however that is how the holidays panned out in our household.
On the last Sunday of the school holidays Mr. Techno and the kids out to explore the ever popular Street Art that Melbourne is becoming well-known for. The kids’ lack of enthusiasm was a little frustrating especially when you are trying to drag them out of their Minecraft haze/obsession. ( Minecraft is a building a world made of blocks which you can play on computer/Ipads etc ) but I was able to get them out the door none the less.
Gone are the days when city lane ways and buildings were covered in graffiti or vandalised during the dark hours. Melbourne is leading the way in Street Art, as per the article by the Sydney Morning Herald – Paste Modernism
Welcome to Melbourne, self-proclaimed street art capital of the world, its buildings covered with fine art, graffiti tags and wild scrawl; its lane ways lined with murals that are as important to tourists as Kakadu; and its high-profile restaurants, cafes and a selection of inner-suburban homes adorned with privately commissioned works.
I am sure not everyone will agree that it is a valuable form of Art and it may still be considered as graffiti by some , but what ever your opinion is on the topic, it is here to stay.
In Melbourne there are countless lanes/alleys in the City centre and its surrounding suburbs with amazing displays of street art. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to visiting a city, I however highly recommend it. The art is ever-changing as new designs/works constantly emerge and evolve.
The Melbourne council has approved designated lanes for artists to showcase their skills. In some cases as you walk past you will see the artists in action. If you have the time you can join a guided tour and even a Street Art workshop – See Street Art Tours of Melbourne as an example.
If you are keen to discover a city on foot, arm yourself with your list of lanes that you wish to visit and a City map – you will need time and patience as you search for each lane way.
Where to view some of the best street art when visiting Melbourne; we did not visit all those that are listed below however.
- Hosier and Rutledge Lane, opposite Federation Square
- Caledonian Lane, off Little Bourke Street
- Union Lane, off Bourke Street Mall
- Rear of 280 Queen Street in Finlay Avenue
- 21 Degraves Street
- Cnr Flinders Lane and Cocker Alley
- Centre Place, between Collins Street and Flinders Lane
- 122 Palmerston Street, Carlton
- Argyle Street
- Fitzroy Street
In the Melbourne city centre, we limited our visit to Hosier Lane and Union lane, so that the kids did not lose interest, and they even admitted it was a pretty cool thing to do. It was then lunch time and Mr. Techno was craving dumplings so we headed to Hutong Dumpling Bar – it was packed and so we had no choice but to get takeaway dumplings, still amazing food.
Hosier & Union Lane Street Art:
On the drive home we then went past Fitzroy to view a few more amazing displays of Street Art before devouring our lunch back at home.
Fitzroy Street Art:
Should you visit Melbourne, I hope that you will take the time to check out some of these amazing pieces of Street art – I was certainly amazed.