Still discovering all that Chapel street has to offer, travelling along the suburbs of Windsor, Prahran and South Yarra since I moved to the area 9 months ago, I was gobsmacked when I went off the beaten track of Chapel street after a hearty breakfast at Tusk Cafe Bar which I enjoy frequenting.
What caught the corner of my eye as I started walking home was a building (1st image at the top) at the corner of Green Street and what I now know as Artists Lane. Being the festive season and feeling all Christmassy, I walked over to take a closer look at the attractive circular shapes I thought were images of Christmas baubles. It turned out to be more Chinese lantern than Christmas ornaments.
A peep down the lane quickly told me there was a lot of street art all along the long laneway that stops at Union Street, which takes you back onto Chapel street. Artists Lane is basically right behind Chapel street, with the back entry of restaurants like Mr Miyagi butting onto it. In fact, I was quite excited to recognise a piece of artwork (7th image of girl with sunnies) I'd seen and admired through the back glass wall of Mr Miyagi's Yuki's Snack Bar.
It seems to be that this not so little, long laneway is also a popular venue for block parties. No doubt a few smelly bins and rubbish in the laneway is cleared up before that happens, because I can tell you, on my own; empty laneway, rubbish bins adding to the feeling of isolation, I was a teensy bit nervous to walk down this long laneway. However, my love of art took over and as I started walking down, I noticed a carpark on my right and there was in fact 4 office workers in the open building at the end, which made me feel at ease.
Officially named Artists Lane by the Stonnington City Council, this laneway was affectionately dubbed Aerosol Alley by the artists who contributed. It was 2012 when Fletcher Andersen from Invurt, assisted by local artist Wayne Tindall, organised a host of Melbourne street and graffiti artists to transform a less than beautiful laneway into a thriving mecca of street art. A must-see landmark that took me a whole 9 months of living in the area before discovering it because I was too absorbed checking out all the eateries instead.
Much of the art from its beginnings have been updated and freshened up with new street art, though many of the old ones still remain. It seems out of this project, Wayne Tindall's Chaotica has evolved, where art and the new digital world collide in chaotic symmetry. If you know nothing of this laneway, it's a must-see!
Be blown away by lots of amazing artwork and check back every now and then to see if anything else new has cropped up. I certainly will. All that amazing artwork is the perfect backdrop for selfies, family and personal photography, band profile images and fashion model shoots. At least that's what I think. Take a walk on the wild side and fill your soul with art.