This time we joined Urban Scrawl on one of their Street Art Tours. Having been on a few of these and spent many hours wandering our laneways, it never ceases to amaze me the level of talent we have around us. Melbourne is actually well known as one of the top cities in the world for street art and it's not hard to see why.
What started as a graffiti subculture, is now widely accepted by local authorities who commission many of the beautiful large pieces we have around the city and suburbs. Whilst generally graffiti and tagging is still illegal, many of our laneways have opened up for artists to share their talents. It is a bit of a shame to see some amazing pieces tagged, but I guess that's part of it.
On this tour, we wandered around many of the famous spots we have in the city and learnt about some of the artists and their work. Many of them have made a name for themselves not only in Melbourne, but throughout Australia and around the world.
The great thing about street art, is that it's ever changing; so what's there one day, might have been replaced the next. No matter how many times you visit, there are always new works to discover and old faves to admire. Yes, little Banksy rat, it's good to see you still there. A piece of art that should really be preserved.
Overall, another good tour company doing these and a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. The tours are by appointment and meet at Federation Square. Cost is $35. They also run one through Fitzroy and Collingwood.
If you don't want to do a tour, it's easy to go and check them out on your own. City of Melbourne have a great guide of all the most popular sites and laneways and you can dowload a map. Or just wander around and get lost.
Oh and a big thank you to Lynda for the gorgeous pics. I did take some, but they are still sitting on the camera card.