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Ephemeral Art on Hosier Lane

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by Catherine Wills (subscribe)
I'm in Melbourne often enough - so why not write a bit about some places I've seen :)
Published December 14th 2015
Art can essentially mean anything and the beauty of its subjectivity makes it unique for each set of eyes that gaze upon it. This is certainly true of the artwork in Hosier Lane.

This laneway dates back to the early colonial days of Melbourne when it was used as a transportation laneway for socks and stockings produced, hence the name of Hosier. Today, this laneway, located right near Flinders Street Station, is one of the only places in the city where artwork, what some view as street art or graffiti, is allowed by the council.

The legality of painting on the walls makes it a safe place for street artists with loads of talent to share with the world. In fact, Hosier Lane has become almost a mecca for street artists to come and share their skills.

The artwork of Hosier Lane is fleeting. There is no way to monitor or regulate who paints here, so something that was painted yesterday might be painted over today with something totally different.

This gives the lane a unique taste and an ephemeral feel, a reminder that nothing in this world is permanent. Each time you set foot on Hosier Lane, something will have changed. This makes each moment here completely unique and special, in a sense that you don't get anywhere else.

Hosier Lane is a top tourist place to take a selfie with friends and share the image on Instagram, knowing that this is one time your touristic selfie will never be replicated by someone else, for the artwork behind you might be gone in a few hours.

Hosier Lane has more than just changing artwork, with a number of bars and cafes popping up along the street drawing in the hipsters and artists alike. Grab a coffee, ponder the art, and reflect on your place in the world down the quirky and cool Hosier Lane.

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Hosier Lane really is a Melbourne icon.
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