Melbourne is known for it’s arts, culture, fashion and sport, one of the iconic tourist attractions within the CDB is our Street Art, one of the more famous would be Hosier Lane (This is just one of Melbourne’s notable Street Art Lane-ways).
Fact 1 – Hosier Lane is a blue stone cobbled lane way (Cars and people use it) on the southern edge of the CDB. Hosier lane is a much celebrated landmark mainly due to its sophisticated Street art.
Fact 2 – Hosier Lane is situated opposite the entrance to the Atrium at Federation Square on Flinders St, just a short walk from Flinders Street Train Station. It was at times in the (Not so distant) dim, dark past, a place of disrepute and criminal activity.
Fact 3 – The lane has been noted for the quality and the political nature of its art. It features in the state-sponsored book The Melbourne Design Guide and in Tourism Victoria’s Lose Yourself in Melbourne advertising campaign, leading to questions about the dichotomy of Victoria’s approach to graffiti. The graffiti-covered walls and art-installations have become a popular backdrop for fashion and wedding photography, (Me Included).
Fact 4 – Hosier Lane is also known for its upmarket cocktail lounges including the popular Misty and MoVida. An open air cooking session with MoVida’s chef Frank Camorra on Masterchef Australia (TV Show) season 2 showcased the lane as a major Melbourne attraction.
Fact 5 – The artwork is very much in the eye of the beholder – tagging has it’s proponents, street art and murals have their detractors. The discussion around varying different forms from; graffiti, street art, tagging, writing, stencils, street sculpture, installations, gallery and commercial art generates fervent opinions and responses depending upon who’s doing the talking. At the end of the day, none of the subjective assessments really matter – our lane-ways appear to be a much safer, vibrant and enjoyable place to be, thanks to the incredible artwork of these artists!
Til next time, travel safe and happy snapping…