Melbourne: ‘Not All Art Belongs In A Gallery’

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_6976OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_7002IMG_6986I wrote about that vibe I couldn’t fathom in my Three Days In Melbourne post. I jotted poetic lines and colourful descriptions in my journal, I catch myself bragging about the visionary revolution of Melbourne’s lanes and alleys to anyone who asks about my Australian adventures. We have street art in Newcastle, all over England really, but nowhere I’ve been has held that ‘dirty’ ‘ugly’ ‘mess’ of a sight as a proud feature. Hosier Lane does just that, building up the street art scene with a heavily populated, highly regarded, canvas. It’s one of the highlights of the city tour, one of the biggest attractions in blog posts and guidebooks alike. Elsewhere the art leaks onto other street corners, high buildings scream messages against racism and global warming. It isn’t just pretty to look at, the artists have put thought into what they can say and unlike the art in galleries, this art is something more. Any passer by can get caught up in the weighty images, the cutting words. One of the most intense is a large horizon, torn in the corner with the Australian flag peeping through. The horizon itself is blazing orange, an aboriginal silhouette is gracefully positioned to one side, underneath the script ‘Always was, Always will be, Aboriginal Land’ screams out. Tourists seem particularly awed by this one, a gathering is present both times we visit, fingers pressed to chins, lips pursed, a look I’ve seen many a time in art galleries around the globe. And that’s what I love most, that the streets are decorated with art and it lives within the city next to historic buildings, emphasising urban quarters. The city encourages expression and talent, it lifts a derogatory element of modern life and makes it relevant, makes it accepted. In a way I guess it takes away from the rebellious, middle finger to the ruling classes undertones associated with street art but also it stands as a testament to Melbourne’s efforts to being a modern city. It’s definitely a must see site if you get the chance to see it, just wondering through the streets you’ll see splashes of street art everywhere.

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2 thoughts on “Melbourne: ‘Not All Art Belongs In A Gallery’

  1. When I travel to a city. I always head for the street art. I was in Bristol recently and Banksy was everywhere. He is one of the most well known. A door he painted in England sold for over £10,000 plus Sotherbys sold his Think Tank for $516,000 to a private bidder. So you are spot on….

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