Friday, November 1, 2013

A surprise in the alley

One afternoon as we were walking back to our hotel in Melbourne, we noticed this alley with some graffiti.  We had heard that Melbourne had some of the greatest street art in the world and that the City provides public spaces for this artistic expression (with the building owner's permission, of course).  So here we were, happening upon one of those places!  In we go!  And what a treat!  I'm not a big fan of graffiti.  To me, most of it is just bad.  But here was true talent!



There were two young folks doing their own thing when we were walking through.  Later, we were told that the city had recently approved Rutledge Lane graffiti to be painted over in blue to encourage new work and breathe new life in the precinct.  Apparently, it created a lot of press and bad will from street artists whose work was destroyed.  Here's a pic of the alley after being painted in baby blue. (Photo courtesy of 3AW News Talk, Melbourne.)


And here are my images just 2 weeks later.  
Remarkable!!












Some work remained
and wasn't painted over.





It was delightful to see this place.
Even more so by accidentally wandering into it!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed seeing Melbourne through my eyes.
That was 6 weeks ago.  We leave Australia this weekend for Thailand.
I will miss Australia,
but I'll get to relive my visit through these posts!
So much more to show you of Australia.

So long for now, my friends,
  

20 comments:

marie grady palcic said...

I love graffiti and this is just fabulous. it had to be surreal to wander into it like that! thanks so much for sharing!

Brian Miller said...

nice...i am a huge fan of street art...so these are right up my alley...hehe...and really cool on how they give them this space...a local city does the same here as well...and it is really cool to see what they come up with...

Sylvia K said...

This is amazing!! I love it! Great to have a specific place for the graffiti! Some of it is really worth keeping! Hope the next step of your journey is a good one, Reena! Enjoy! I look forward to more pics!! They're the next best thing to being there myself!!

Betty Manousos said...

awesome!!
great street art, reena, so nicely photographed!
i love graffiti.

happy weekend, my friend!:)

xo

Linda R said...

I am not a big fan of graffiti but that is some pretty awesome work. I always love seeing the photos of your travels.

Hugs~

Out on the prairie said...

The transition from blue gave me a good laugh. I like your walker with green shoes, almost a spitting image of a friend we call JimBob.

Daryl said...

sort of like the love locks on the bridges in Paris .. they cut them off, soon people are adding new ones ... travel safe!

eileeninmd said...

Cool graffiti! I guess it is allowed at this alley. Great shots, have a happy weekend!

Lois Evensen said...

Wow, there is some great stuff there. It's good that it is where it is "permitted" instead of being unwanted criminal activity.

Barbara Shallue said...

What a wonderful surprise this must have been! And what a trip of a lifetime!

Tabor said...

I am not a huge fan of graffiti, but some of it can be quite compelling. If they get upset when the city paints over it, does that mean they do not paint over each other's art work?

Rose L said...

I like the artistic graffiti, not the gang name markings.

Evelyn S. said...

I love interesting street art...I suppose I find it ironic that graffiti artists are upset when their creations are "erased"....to make room for new ones. I miss your regular blog posts, but I do find it fascinating that you are traveling the world.

S. Etole said...

What a visual feast.

bailey-road.com said...

Amazing!

Snapper II said...

That's the trend now. And it is art,
some very talented artists.

ladyfi said...

What wonderfully colourful graffiti. Enjoy Thailand!

Pat Tillett said...

I don't like "tagging" at all, but street art like most of this, I love! Really nice colorful photos Reena.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

what a fabulously colorful spot!! How fun!

Catherine said...

Fantastic works of art!! Absolutely wonderful captures.
xo Catherine