I watch and read too many cartoons and I see them everywhere in Hosier Lane. Help!

deTour curated by: Unimelb, 2015

Ultimately this tour is for people who would rather be at home watching cartoons but they have to catch the train from Flinders Street Station instead, but their train line is dodgy (cough cough Upfield cough) and is always cancelled because of 'felled trees' and you find yourself with enough free time for a bit of a stroll.

For any person who is a complete noob at street art, Hosier Lane is perhaps the best place in Melbourne to start having a look and a poke around. While many styles are used in such a small area Hosier lane is also awesome because it is subject to change daily. While these photos were taken mid-May they may not be there anymore tomorrow…get in quick!

The pieces of art focused on in this tour are all cartoons. I like cartoons, you should like cartoons, cartoons are awesome; from cartoons in movies, television shows, comic books – ranging right back to 1959, straight through to the present day. Of course you would have had had to watch/read these cartoons to understand what is happening in some of the art. But is easy to appreciate nonetheless.

While most other tours are more abstract or spread out, you could easily complete this tour in next to no time at all - even while waiting for a train at Flinders St Station! - as this is set entirely in small but absolutely astounding Hosier and Rutledge lane.

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Mufasa Mufasa Mufasa! Or perhaps it's Simba.... Starting the tour on the north end of Hosier Lane we have a lions head from the classic film that is as old as I am - The Lion King. This piece of art is different from the others because…

While standing in the exact same position as you were while looking at the Lion, you will be able to see this loveable hunk of fluff from Monsters Inc. (You can see the Lion just in the corner....) Sully is THE main character (fight me about it…

Obelix! From the Asterix and Obelix comics and movies. Obelix is a mehir sculptor and deliveryman. This one is different too: it's pasted up, behind these window bars, with a special glue concoction. Obelix has permanent superhuman strength…

Around the corner in Rutledge lane we have the most modern cartoon character of the tour: Finn The Human, from the television show - Adventure Time These three stencils are each a frame of baby Finn dancing and singing in a flashback/memories…

In my overview I spoke about the appeal of Hosier lane and how often it changes and how everything just gets painted over, and slapped over, and painted over again. This southern end of the lane is a prime example: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…
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