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by Melanie Lynn (subscribe)
Going wherever the wind blows me and enjoying the ride.
Published July 25th 2012
Melbourne Street Art
Chapel St Fitzroy

Deep in the guts and gizzards of Melbourne, dozens of busy little street mice stencil and spray, stealthily adorning the walls of the city's hidden streets and unmarked lane ways with their priceless works of art.

Melbourne Street Art
Napier St

Who said only rich people could be arty? The definition of 'art' is morphing and with all the art you find on the street these days, you can examine the 'exhibit' all you want without paying a cent.

Melbourne Street Art
Unnamed Lane-way

Fitzroy is the raw, edgy face of Melbourne and it is a street art bonanza. Between Wellington & Brunswick Street, simply roaming the streets is like walking through the Exhibition Centre on street art day.

Melbourne Street Art
Furry Friends

I spent half the day wandering through the region, scouring every nook and cranny, searching for all the pieces of my own personal free exhibit. I shrieked with delight (my husband's ears will attest to my sporadic shrieks of glee) every time another brightly painted lane-way twinkled at me from afar, beckoning me to come and gaze upon its secrets.

Melbourne Street Art
Unnamed Alley off Perry St in Fitzroy

I'm tempted to just tell you to head to the Fitzroy region and wander about yourself to find your own personal street art aventure, but I suppose I wouldn't be a proper reviewer if I didn't at least nudge you in the right direction and give you a few tips and hints.

Melbourne Street Art
Johnston St

Chapel off Johnston St holds some gorgeous pieces which will leave you wondering where people find the time and energy to create such elaborate works of art. Chapel Street is also the home to funky Juddy Roller cafe which fits right in on the street art scene.

Melbourne Street Art
Inner Workings of the Mind on Chapel off Johnston St

Napier off Johnston Street also has a number of thought provoking pieces on the walls of one building in particular.

Melbourne Street Art
Exit or Exist? on Napier St

Perry off Smith Street has several bits and pieces worthy of a google. It's also where you can find the Lost & Found market. A vintage, bric-a-brac market where you never know what you will find.

Melbourne Street Art
Extraterrestrial Monkey (Perry St)

Even the Johnson Street Vet has a collection of weird and wonderful animals painted on it's walls. These include a zebra with a winding key for a tail, an emotionally challenged sparrow and of course some flying pigs.

Melbourne Street Art
Little Emo Bird

Some pieces were so exquisite, I couldn't help but momentarily wish they could be protected and immortalised in museums and exhibitions so they wouldn't be painted over and destroyed. This thought was quickly replaced by another: much like wild animals in captivity, they belong in the wild and observing them in their natural environment is far more awe-inspiring than locking them away for convenience.

Melbourne Street Art
Nature vs. Nurture

Truly, there is a thrilling sensation I find on the streets that cannot be matched by any museum or exhibit, and it wont cost you a penny. There are no crowds to fight, and no snooty assistant shaking their finger in your face when you pull out a camera.

Melbourne Street Art
More Monkeys (Napier St)

Personally, I probably wouldn't wander the streets alone because truth-be-told, you will come across a couple of fairly sketchy places where you may want to hold a hand, but let this deter you by no means.

Melbourne Street Art
Peace & Farewell
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