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Street Art in Melbourne

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Published April 29th 2014
Explore some colourful street art in hidden laneways
A visit to Melbourne would not be complete without seeing some of the street art that abounds. Approved outdoor locations in laneways show off Australia's young talent in what is more than just graffiti. From murals to stencils, a gallery of ever changing art provides for a colourful environment.

street art Rutledge Lane
Even the bins on the right are painted in Rutledge Lane

We recently stopped by Hosier and Rutledge Lanes opposite Federation Square and saw some amazing spray painted images and artists in action.

the eye street art Hosier Lane
The eye on Hosier Lane

Rutledge Lane street art
Colourful characters in Rutledge Lane

Other places to see Melbourne's street art include Caledonian Lane, Union Lane, Finlay Avenue at the rear of 280 Queen Street, 21 Degraves Street, and Centre Place between Collins Street and Flinders Lane.

The city acknowledges this stage for art and approves permits in conjunction with the permission of building owners.

There are also inspiring works of art in the form of sculptures and statues. Wander around Docklands and the New Quay promenade waterfront area and you will see statues of the King, Graham Kennedy, as well as John Farnham and Dame Edna, among others.

Graham Kennedy in Docklands
Graham Kennedy on the New Quay Promenade

meeting 1 sculpture in Docklands
Eight red men crouching in a meeting circle called 'Meeting 1' at Docklands

Parks and gardens also provide plenty of art. The Fairies Tree in Fitzroy Gardens is my favourite. Carved into an old red gum tree are fairies, dwarfs and gnomes, elves and animals. A must see.

Fairies tree Fitzroy Gardens
The Fairies Tree in Fitzroy Gardens (photo courtesy of

The above is just some of the art you can come across in Melbourne. Get out and about as there is plenty more you can hunt down that is all free.
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Where: Melbourne CBD and Docklands
Cost: Free
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