So how does a city like Melbourne deal with this wonderful phenomena - it attempts to control the uncontrollable. They issue permits and create rules.
This weekend I stubbled across the change of artwork display in in Hosier and Rutledge lanes. I had no idea what was going on but the place smelled strongly of aerosol paint, and artists were furiously working away on the walls in both lanes, particularly in Rutedge lane which had been "cleaned" - that is painted entirely in the single colour of light blue - also in the name of art - confused so was I.
If you haven't been before you owe it to yourself to go, the artwork is always changing but this current change in the exhibition has seen a very abrupt and extreme refacing of the lane way. It might not be a conventional way of displaying art but it is very powerful and very accessible for everyone.
Hosier and Rutledge Lane, opposite Federation Square is listed as one of the official places for street art in Melbourne.