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Melbourne is renowned for its street art. Get the lowdown on where to find it and what to look for, or map out your next visit with our street art walking guide. Before heading out, always check restrictions and follow advice from the Victorian Government.
The masked mural in Southbank
Let’s start with this very timely mural in Southbank, created by the sensational @cto.art. The piece appeared in early June 2020. It continues to strike a chord with Melburnians trying to live the new normal.
Melbourne’s most iconic cobbled laneway has been beloved by photographers for decades. This is a shifting canvas, though, with graffiti disappearing and appearing overnight. Perhaps the most memorable is the large-scale spray-paint mural by artist Adnate. To see his 23-metre-high realist mural, look up. Hungry? Thirsty? Stop in at Tres a Cinco for tacos and margaritas.
The street art here leans toward the three-dimensional. Think small sculptures and images set within physical frames. Look down and you might see a whimsical miniature diorama by Liz Sonntag, AKA Tinky. Speaking of miniatures, this lane is also home to Bar Americano, one of Melbourne’s smallest (and best) bars.
Meyers Place was home to the eponymous bar that launched Melbourne's laneway revolution. Now one of four thoroughfares transformed by our Green Your Laneway program. Here, you'll find a Mike Makatron mural. Admire his beautiful urban jungle, then enjoy cocktails and NYC slices from Pizza Pizza Pizza.
Named after the legendary Oz rock band, AC/DC Lane is a nexus for music and street art. Marvel at sticker-bombed windows. Check out murals of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, and Mike Makatron’s 3D sculpture of Bon Scott bursting through the wall. Art making you hungry? Pop into Chin Chin and devour the feed me menu.
Big murals cover this lane’s walls. None are bigger than Steen Jones’ towering tribute to Melbourne. This bold design of roses and a butterfly looks like the wall has got itself a tattoo in honour of the city. On a much smaller scale, there’s also one of the last Banksy rats, which used to lurk all over the CBD.
Upper West Side Street Art Precinct
Melbourne’s first official street art precinct was launched in December 2017, curated by the Juddy Roller collective. They worked with six huge names from Melbourne’s street art scene. The venue is an old power station, the perfect easel for these large-scale graphic murals. There's Dvate’s orange-bellied parrots. Rone’s massive, photorealist muses. There are also a couple of Smug standouts. Look for the enormous portrait of his grandparents.
Blender Lane is another artists’ darling. No wonder, it was the first home of urban art incubator, Blender Studios. The unsigned cul-de-sac is a whirl of tags, stencils, graffiti art and paste-ups. No space has been left untouched. You’ll find it off Franklin Street, up near Queen Victoria Market. These artists also run tours and workshops.
Tiny Caledonian Lane runs between Lonsdale and Little Bourke streets. The alley has been a street artists’ favourite for years. Right now it’s scored a series of murals commissioned by various gaming developers. They're right outside Fortress Melbourne, a brand new games entertainment venue. The technicolour artworks cover entire buildings in the alley.
West Side Place Artcade
West Side Place Artcade is an immersive public art gallery. Dubbed Australia’s first ever ‘artcade’, you'll find works by Reko Rennie, Rone, Adnate and more. Marvel at the endless installations while you can - the spaces are destined for future shops, cafés and restaurants.
Last updated on Thu 24 Jun 2021
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