The Unique Representation of Iconic Australian Culture and Identity in Melbourne Street Art

deTour curated by: Unimelb, 2015

In the Melbourne Street Art scene there is an eclectic display of differing styles and subject matter across the suburbs and the CBD. Murals, throw-ups, tags, paste-ups, slaps (stickers) and stencil art can be found across most inner city suburbs, and in concentrated amounts in the popular lanes of the CBD. Although street art is still considered an illegal act of vandalism in Melbourne, the laneways of the CBD are viewed as a “grey area” by the city council, due mostly to the growing popularity of the Melbourne street art scene, which has become an international tourist attraction over the past few years.

A popular motif within this urban art form is the depiction of iconic Australian elements through the varied mediums of expression available to artists. These subjects can include iconic Australian celebrities, national flora and fauna, political figures, and the artists own reflection of current events.

Locations for deTour

The first stop on this walking tour is ACDC Lane, more affectionately known as “acca dacca” lane. Known for its “grungy” vibe, the art reflects the urban surroundings, which includes Melbourne’s Rock n’ Roll hub, Cherry Bar. A popular…

Street artists can express their own agenda through their work, or can use their abilities to further causes that they feel are important and need to be shown to the public in a new light. Previously environmental groups and animal activists…

The representation of indigenous culture in street art is only a recent phenomenon. Previously there have been small works and tributes to the original owners of the land, however it is often considered a difficult or inappropriate subject matter to…

This paste-up located on the corner of Rutledge Lane and Hosier Lane is hard to miss. Although it is splashed with neon overspray from other works and slightly torn where it looks like someone has tried to tear them down, the message of this piece by…

This mural is a beautiful and humbling tribute to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of remembrance to the Anzac soldiers who fought at Gallipoli. This work represents an iconic moment of Australian history and was put up for ANZAC day, which falls…
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