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West End Street Art 2012

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Published January 24th 2013
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Building site Montague Rd, Jun 12
I saw some of my favourite artworks of 2012 not in galleries but painted on and glued to the walls and posts of West End.

While street art is, by its nature, ephemeral, I can't fight the urge to record what I see, and share it beyond the streets of my neighbourhood. So, throughout the year, I kept my camera at the ready and tried to document as many of these free-range creations as I could.

Some of them I saw emerge overnight -- one day they weren't there and the next they were. Others had actually been there for years, hidden in interesting corners, but I only happened to spot them this year.

As with my street art roundup for 2011, I present them in no particular order, and dated by when I took the snap. As for giving artist credits, it's all a mystery to me, but if any of you invisible hands want to post your name in the comments below, knock yourself out.

So, here goes.

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Victoria St Gallery Oct 12
As always, demolition and building sites proved fertile ground. An alien-mouthed beauty appeared on the hoardings of an abandoned development site on Montague Road (pictured at top), while a Victoria Street site is home to an old-school spray-paint gallery. This one has everything from Batman to political statements and is worth a stroll around.

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Victoria St, Oct 12
Some of my favourite building-site works are the delicate dragons that can be found rampant on many grey walls around West End. A seahorse (with poem) on the wall near Bicycle Revolution has the same light beauty, and I wonder if it's by the same artist. The inscription says it's been there since 2010, but I only stumbled across it this year.

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Bicycle Revolution Montague Rd, Dec 12

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Granville St, Dec 12
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?, Apr 12
The stencillers also kept me smiling in 2012, with humming-birds floating on footpaths and walls, and retro-inspired figures turning up in tiny spaces. With their whimsical humour, stencils are probably my favourite form of street-art, and I highly recommend looking carefully for these small treasures as you walk around.

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Hardgrave Rd, May 12
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Boundary St, Sep 12
Poster-wise, I saw some fantastic faces this year. I also saw a Chow Monstro image down on Boundary Street that got me googling to find out more. Turns out that Chow is a US mixed media artist whose trademark is the Mickey Mouse skull. Posters like the one on Boundary Street can be found on old walls and buildings all over the world.

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Vulture St, May 12
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Ashington St, Oct 12
Other notable stuff included the amazing calligraphic foot that was at Box Vintage but can now be found at Holloway Sunglasses on Victoria Street (along with a bear in similar style), a very cool dog that appeared for a little while on the roller door at Ocean's Catch Sea Food, and a little fuse box on Granville Street that never disappoints.

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Fuse box Granville St, Jan 12
The poets were busy this year too, with text-only poems turning up on many walls, and a series of poems with images posted on the rubbish skips out the back of Avid Reader Bookshop, on Thomas Street.

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It's All Good Vulture St, Aug 12
Amid all this growth, there was, of course, destruction.

The art on the sprawling wall outside Noir Homewares in Princhester Street is gradually disintegrating since the store closed, and my favourite zombie wall in Ashington Street is no more.

Anyway, I could go on and on, but, really, you should go for a walk yourself and keep your eyes open.

You never know what you might find.

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Avid carpark Thomas St, Dec 12

PS For the record, I also saw some art inside galleries in 2012 that's worth remembering. Oils by Keith Burt at Spiro Grace Galleries topped my list.
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Your Comment
Congratulations on getting 2nd place.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12398) 2324 days ago
I'm generally not fond of street and graffiti art, but some can be quite impressive.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12398) 2362 days ago
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