#onmywaymelb

deTour curated by: Unimelb, 2015

A tour of street art along the Glen Waverley train line. An opportunity to look up from your phone screens and notice the varied art I see #onmyway into the City.

Trains have always been connected with street art culture but with the recent proliferation in interest in Street Art, the modest train station has been ignored in favour of mysterious laneways. More often than not, Melbournians and tourist throng to laneways and alleys in the Melbourne CBD and surrounding areas such as Fitzroy, hoping to discover a piece of street artwork on the walls. However, the point of this tour was not only aimed at me discovering art along my train line and sharing it with the public but also a push for others to notice the walls and signposts along their line or bus route, which will more often than not be adorned with artwork.

For my tour, I have used images from five stops along my train line-Darling, Glen Iris, Burnley, East Richmond and Richmond. In the process of creating this tour I has able to rediscover Street art along my line.

If you do take my tour(or decide to notice the street art along your train/bus route) and post a picture on Instagram, use the hashtag #onmywaymelb, so that we can share what we see.

Locations for deTour

The Glen Waverley line is possibly the most ‘vanilla’ train line in the Melbourne metro system, filled with exhausted corporate workers, equally tired university students and wide-eyed old folks excited for a day in the city. However, traveling…

There is the false assumption that all ‘good’ and ‘cool’ street art can only be found in and around places like Hosier Lane and Fitzroy. This means that most of us miss seeing varied artwork in the most commonplace areas. While trains…

Once we approach Burnley station, there is a shift from tagging to more mural like artwork. One piece just after the Burnley station is a massive piece on the walls of Eco Timber. It appears to be layered-many artists have added to or gone over the…

The second last stop is East Richmond station. This is one station where if you can, you should get down at and explore the alleys that lead into the station, the station car park and the walls of the buildings surrounding the station. There is such…

The final stop is Richmond station. The walls to the entrance of Richmond station are filled with commissioned works. What was once considered an illegal and offensive art form is now being woven with the most mundane aspects of everyday life like…
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