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5 Unusual Places to See Art in Melbourne

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by Bianca Gravina-Price (subscribe)
A blogger / photographer who lives in Geelong and holidays often.
Published September 8th 2013

Melbourne is renowned for its vibrant arts scene. However the art on show in Melbourne is not confined to gallery spaces. Public art installations, sculpture, graffiti art, stencilling and even performance art are popular and can be found in some unexpected places.

Unlike traditional art galleries some of these spaces are open to the public day and night 365 days of the year. Others are a place to enjoy a drink or go shopping with the art on show being secondary.

1. Hosier Lane

Hosier Lane, opposite Federation Square in central Melbourne is the city's most well-known street art space. The constantly evolving work is painted on canvases as diverse as brick walls, restaurant bins and metal security gates and grills.

Hosier Lane is a public walkway so the work can be viewed in the bright light of day or by the glow of streetlights at night.

2. Docklands Art Journey

The Docklands Art Journey consists of 36 installations including traditional statues, sculpture and architectural pieces. While Hosier Lane is an evolving communal art project the Docklands Art Journey is a planned and structured permanent exhibition. A map and guide explaining each piece is available or the pieces can be stumbled upon on a stroll through the area.

3. Yarra River Gallery Birrarung Marr

Opened in 2002, Birrarung Marr was Melbourne's first proclaimed public parkland in over 100 years.

Not only are art works scattered throughout the park but the landscaping of the park itself was designed to pay homage to the traditional stories of the land's original inhabitants, the Wurundjeri people.

4. Bourke St Buskers

Art isn't just painting and sculptures. Performance artists from musicians to magicians can be seen in the Bourke Street Mall 7 days a week hoping to capture the attention and the loose change of shoppers. To maintain quality buskers are required to apply for a permit to busk in the area and there is a vigorous audition process.

5. Chloe's Bar

For some art in the more old-fashioned sense of the word the nude portrait of Chloe has hung in Young and Jackson's Hotel for over 100 years. Painted in 1875, the model for this portrait was 19 at the time and committed suicide 2 years later reportedly because of unrequited love.

In 1987 Chloe was moved to her current home, a bar upstairs named Chloe's Bar. A meal and a drink can be enjoyed while musings over what Chloe might have thought about her legacy in Melbourne.
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Why? Don't go to a gallery to see art in Melbourne
When: Anytime
Where: Melbourne CBD
Cost: Free
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Fort Delta, Mailbox 141, Degraves Subway, Spark Lane and the T&G Building Atrium are some of the hidden art places we visit regularly.
by Jerome (score: 2|111) 2259 days ago
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