All photography by Studioist.
Creativity flows throughout Melbourne and its spirited street art scene is renowned worldwide. Walking down each laneway is like a free, ever-changing gallery.
Around every corner, another mural. On the side of every building, a work of art. Look up, look down, look side to side.
Colorful street art covers almost every nook and cranny of the city from spray paint, stencil work, and graffiti. Some commissioned murals by high-profile Australian artists and others created by local residence and anonymous painters.
Melbourne’s public spaces are a stage for artistic expression and the city recognizes that. Melbourne city support legal street art in approved outdoor locations throughout the city as it contributes to the thriving creative community and vibrant urban spaces of the city.
One of my favorite activities in the city is to simply get lost in the colorful laneways with my coffee (of course) and find new street art, but there are some spaces that are known for their concentration of street art.
Here are some of the most popular places in Melbourne to find and photo new and exciting street art, and a small collection of some of my favorite works around the city - however finite their existance.
No street art location list would be complete without including Hosier Lane. Hosier Lane is by far the most popular place in the city to view street art, especially with its proximity to Fed Square and the eatery haven that is Flinders Lane. Many locals walk this path daily as a more direct route to their destinations.
But there are so many more, in no particular order and not limited to these:
- Centre Place
- ACDC Lane
- Degraves Street
- Croft Alley
- Duckboard Place
- Rankins Lane
- Caledonian Lane
- Stevenson Lane
- Tattersalls Lane
- Blender Lane
- Union Lane
- Russell Place
- Johnson Street
- Brunswick Street