Melbourne street art is hot. The street artists of Victoria’s capital are defining the city’s urban culture with confidence and the back lanes are a living landscape of creativity. Wandering around these suburban Melbourne laneways reveals amazing wall art.
Melbourne street art has moved out of the CBD and into the suburbs of Fitzroy and Collingwood, where giant artistic wall murals are part of the allure. And a street art tour guided by a practising street artist is the perfect way to see the city through a different set of eyes.
Where else in the world would you find tourists elbowing each other to take photographs of a suburban carpark?
Melbourne Laneways – The Rose carpark
The Rose Carpark is located in Fitzroy near the Rose Street Artists’ Market. It’s in an intimate building and is a great spot to shop for local crafts, jewellery and unique clothing.
As I wander around the back lanes with international street artist, Rone, I realise the walls of Fitzroy are a living canvas.
We stop to watch a hooded artist create magic with a can of spray. The vibrant and eye catching colours lifts my spirit.
Graffiti or street art?
Most of us think of any kind of public art as graffiti but according to the City of Melbourne, graffiti is illegal in Australia.
However, Melbourne is well and truly streets ahead in the race to be one of the world’s great street art capitals.
Melbourne street art is eye catching and big. These large artistic murals are painted on walls with permission of the property owners.
There’s even a street art mentoring programme that offers young people the opportunity to learn from established artists.
Feast your eyes on these murals.
Meet famous street artist – Rone
A well-known Melbourne street artist, Rone (Tyrone Wright) has painted murals around the world, in London, Paris, Barcelona, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
Rone is the founder of Everfresh Studio in Collingwood and is famous for painting murals of beautiful women.
Juddy Roller is another business that specialises in street art management. The studio is a warren of artists cubicles and an eye-opener to the many different styles of street art in Melbourne. Here are some more examples:
Melbourne Street Art – The Refugee
The Refugee is a famous mural of the young man holding a burning house. It’s the main feature on a three-storey wall on Easey Street in Collingwood.
The Refugee deals with issues of climate change and cultural identity.
According to artist Fintan Magee, the young man’s backpack is packed with materials to rebuild his flooded world and lost home.
Melbourne Street Art – Easy Livin Mural
The Collingwood power substation (corner of Easey Street and Wellington Street) is now a substantial piece of commissioned public art.
The murals are a collaboration between several artists, including Rone, Adnate, Mayonaize, Guido Van Helton, Askew and Adnate.
Christina Pfeiffer visited Melbourne as a guest of Tourism Australia and Tourism Victoria.
Melbourne Street Tours has street art walking tours guided by working street artist.
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