City Drawings

If its one thing I admire about Melbourne, its that the city has so much personality – from the people to the sights around it. The people come from all walks of life, differing niches and cultures integrating and jostling for their own personal space. Rockabilly and Corporate side by side, Zipper Pants and 2 foot tall blue mohawks walking through Elizabeth Street at Noon. Indian Emo with dyed red hair listening to their ipod behind a posh 50 year old on the train. They may not always get along, but this is what makes up for their people.

The City architecture lends so much to tell to the viewer – old town houses contrasting in front of the shining corporate windows. Brick and Mortar vs Steel and Glass. I love it, there is so much to explore and to discover. Among the things I have delightfully chronicled was the city’s illegalish artwork – street art.

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Sure, practically every major human settlement has its own fair share of people keen to write on walls, leaving their mark there until someone tags over it. I remember a few years (?) back, there was a hubbub over the City of Melbourne, as it seemed that they had hired some people to paint over some graffiti and had inadvertently painted over one of Banksy’s work – priceless piece of work gone in a quick stroke.

So, while majority of the photos I have taken the past week are just tags, these photos are a reminder that these pieces of artwork existed, and are now preserved in the form of a still photo. I admit, I don’t really have the means to go out actively and find artwork in every nook and cranny, a lot of these were taken on my train rides and several are from my wanders within the city.Image

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I’m not sure if these photos are a part of Hosier Lane (derp, I didn’t check the location – I was just at a carpark) but apparently Hosier Lane is considered one of the places to go to if you had wanted to check out Melbourne’s Street Art scene. There are approved by council areas where people can leave their artwork.

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I derped with the finger. Didn’t think it could ever happen with me.

The following is an alley near Meyers in Melbourne called Union Lane. Just row and row of sweet paint. You could see the work involved on the wet asphalt.

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This entryway unfortunately had a horrible stench to it – I had to hold my breath photographing it… wouldn’t be surprised if people had stopped here during a night out and pee’d in the small alcove.Image

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This above and below were across from each other on the lane.

An interesting tidbit – the distinctive line in the middle of the alley is apparently a remnant of how things used to be before actual plumbing – when people of old used to toss out their night buckets and waste in the morning. There are still areas with the old cobblestone and the indent in the middle of the street, however this alley way has had it paved over.

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Moving on, I found this pleasant little alleyway with some neon animals installed as a part of Melbourne’s Street Art installation:

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Then underneath it had the locations of the other pieces of artworks:Image

The other pieces placed opposite it, I think, refuse to be ignored.

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The following are from somewhere else – I can’t recall where.

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This building actually had gigantic faces plastered on its side. I apologise for the quality of the photo.ImageImageImage

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Theres one thing I came across in some reading – the differences between street art and graffiti. When does this:

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Become this?

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Is it the polish of the work or is it the “legitimacy” or the fact that you have the city council’s permission to that turns graffiti to street art?

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2 thoughts on “City Drawings

  1. Ink Smith says:

    Oh, man! That REALLY makes me want to visit. Now if only it weren’t so hard to get a freaking passport here… ><

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