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Melbourne’s Street Art: Hosier Lane

When talking about Melbourne’s street art the name Hosier Lane is sure to pop up. Perhaps the most famous of the street art lane ways Hosier Lane, located just a short walk from Federation Square, is full of some of the best street art Melbourne has to offer.

Melbourne is the art capital of Australia, but what most visitors don’t realise is that there is also a side to Melbourne’s art culture that is often mistaken for vandalism. Melbourne holds the reputation for having the best street art in world and attracting both local and international artists to contribute to the growing scene. Walking through the city of Melbourne, or suburbs on the city fringe, it’s hard to miss the ‘graffiti’ which lines the alleys. From stencil work to poster art, or perhaps ‘instillations’: although some may look down on it, the fact is that though it will continue to change and evolve, it is there to stay.

Hosier Lane graffiti art - standing stones floating sideways

Hosier Lane graffiti art 'You got me babe' - could be worse could be raining. you + me won't be unhappy.

Street art in Hosier Lane of a alley cat wanting fish

Hosier Lane graffiti street art - you got me babe - i did my hair, don't worry when we get old we'll know everything too, dead right

Hosier lane street overview

Funny sayings stuck in Hosier Lane Melbourne

Colourful Street Art in Hosier Lane Melbourne of a hip hop girl

random Hosier Lane street art - beer can owl, paintbrushes, there's something about Mary

Hosier Lane street art graffiti in Melbourne - diamond crying skull and elephant ganesh

Hosier Lane Graffiti Street Art in Melbourne cupcakes

Note: The nature of street art is that it is constantly changing. Whilst these pieces were viewable when I visited in November 2011 when you visit they may have been painted over.

 

Hosier Lane is located off between Flinders Lane and Flinders Street near Federation Square and the Forum theatre.

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    Jen
    January 15, 2012 at 2:45 am

    LOVE these pics, wish I’d seen them for myself when I was there – guess I’ll just have to come back lol xx

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      Nicole
      January 15, 2012 at 3:59 am

      They’re right near the main tourist drag but unless you’re looking for them you won’t actually find them.
      You defiantly have to come back and see ME too! xox.

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    neil
    January 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Amazing pics! I love the ‘something about Mary’ one especially, thats genius!

    … another thing I missed out on in Melbourne 🙁

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      Nicole
      January 19, 2012 at 5:05 am

      The ‘Something about Mary’ art is one of my favourite as well.

      Awww, come back to Melbourne and I shall be more than happy to take you graffiti hunting!

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    Andreas
    August 15, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Hosier Lane is a great Melbourne location for street art. I love taking photos there and you see often artists spraying new graffiti. you should also have a look at the 50 Mali Elephants in the Melbourne city at the moment … see pics here:
    http://www.freshphotography.com.au/elephants-in-melbourne-pictures-of-mali/
    Melbourne is a great location for street photography. Love it!

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      Nicole
      August 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Hey Andreas!
      Melbourne is such a great city canvas.
      I’ve heard about the Mali elephants. Will have to check them out. 🙂

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