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Melbourne Street Art Part II

It’s like finding hidden treasures when I discover a new piece of Street Art in a little alley, in a house entrance or above sth you wouldn’t see, when you only look at eye level. Often I realise not until reviewing the pictures the sophisticated messages, political statements or beauteousness of a place… more than when I am actually there. Weird. But however, that’s my addiction.

Of course I heard of the Street Art Culture before I went to Melbourne, but I didn’t know that the Melbourne City Council actually supports Street Art. It says “Do art, not tags” and I totally agree. When I saw Swoon’s work tagged by a Graffitti Sprayer I was really not amused. I know, that it’s part of the art process that Street Art get damaged or tagged, but in this special case it was sad to see. Luckily I found the life-size wheat-paste showing two hugging women which hasn’t been tagged yet.

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Melbourne Street Art Part I

Last weekend I found my first Banksy in Melbourne. I knew he visited the city some years ago, but I didn’t expect to find any of his rat stencils, as I heard people actually take them off the walls sometimes to sell them for much money or keep them.

Overwhelmed by this incredible feeling I took a lot of pictures and had a closer look around, more than I do anyway, and found a Swoon. Since I fellow Street Artists off- and online, she became my favorite. Her work is very different to the ‘average’ pieces you find in the streets. Caledonia Dance Curry alias Swoon specialized in life-size wheat-paste prints and paper cutouts of figures. 2010 she was invited by TED (Ideas worth spreading) to talk about her work. For me it’s very inspiring to hear her speak about how she wants to make a change and things happen.

The long weekend was not a shopping trip for me at all. I enjoyed the sunny weather, the beautiful cafes and the very good restaurants, the nightlife @Section 8 for example, and of course the Street Art. On Friday I found the first pieces on Degraves Street, on Saturday more next to Movida, on ACDC Lane and in the area around Brunswick and Chapel Street. Over all I took about 300 pictures.

I also found a very nice gallery on Brunswick Street, the panelpop. May be I get one of my pictures framed there some time.

I’ve come across the work of many different street artists in Cologne, Dusseldorf, Perth and Sydney, but Melbourne is some kind of different. It’s like everyone is enjoying the art in the streets and the pieces are welcomed. To find/see more Space Invaders, Stencils by the famous Banksy, pastes by Swoon and all the other pieces, like those from Be Free, Kaff-eine or Tresher was very special to me.

Hope to visit Melbourne very soon again! Thanks to Suzanne and the guy I met on Little Collin Street (sorry, forgot the name) for all the recommendations where to go!

@all: Please feel free to comment and tell who is who, as I cannot identify every piece… Thanks!

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