If you know where to look, there is a rich crop of street art to be found throughout the city. Some of the best spots may be dangling right under your very nose. Forget the ugly graffiti known as 'tagging' you see rudely scrawled on houses and billboards. These are some truly inspired art pieces that add some colour and soul to our city.
[ADVERT]The beauty of street art is there is always something new to google and fawn over. The laneways are the living, breathing pulse of the city and as the months go by new pieces constantly spring to life on the walls, showcasing the unending talent of the underground street world and spray artists. Some of the best fun to be had is to wander the Melbourne laneways yourself and find your own favourite street art streets.
A meander along the cobbled bluestone of Hosier Lane will find you in one of Melbourne's most iconic streets. With a huge selection of sophisticated urban art, you will be surprised and amazed by the artistic talent sprayed on the walls. These are the city walls that always have something to say.
The most infamous of the Melbourne laneway family, Hosier Lane has become synonymous with other great Melbourne landmarks. Not a day goes by where you won't see some trigger-happy student or tourist snapping shots left right and centre.
It's also becoming increasingly popular to have wedding photos done with this free arty backdrop and from time to time, you will see ladies in their huge cream puffs, floating down the street with doting grooms and breathtaking bridal parties in tow.
This street art on Union Lane was initially completed in 2008 by a collective of aspiring young artists and their professional mentors. Together, they created the beautiful street art mural as a part of the city's Graffiti Mentoring Project.
In 2010, over 70 artists were commissioned by the city council to redecorate the lane with their work. It continues to be worked on regularly with new pieces appearing over the years, surprising and delighting residents and tourists alike.
Famed St Ali Café is nestled on one of the most vibrant streets in Melbourne. Home to a collection of magnificent pieces, these are true masterpieces. Skilled street artists have painted their hearts on these Yarra Place walls. The art work was commissioned to created an edgy arty laneway with some depth in the region and they more than succeeded.
You may want to phone a friend to come with you down this particular lane-way. While the initial entry off Flinders Lane is fairly user friendly, the back area behind restaurants and bars has a somewhat foreboding atmosphere.
ACDC Lane is the black sheep in the commissioned lane-way street art family. It has a somewhat abandoned feel to it, q neglected idea that once was, with torn posters and faded advertisements peeling off the walls line the street. However there are some beautiful pieces to be seen and is still well worth a visit.
Although it does not possess the grandeur of some of the other streets, it's clear to see that some talented artists have traversed this little lane. You will find it on the first right off Duke Street in Abbotsford.