Public Space Usage in Flinders Lane

deTour curated by: Unimelb, 2015

The City of Melbourne is renowned for its street art from artists across the globe such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey. The street art usually tends to fit into the folds and cracks of the city that no one seems to care about; the in-between spaces. Numerous amounts of citizens have expressed discomfort towards the nature of street art as it not only demonstrates the destruction of private property, but it also promotes vandalism due to the government support.

The tour will be based on how street art is used on the streets of Melbourne and why it is only found in certain areas and the thoughts towards street art on private properties. We will be travelling along the Flinder's Lane showing 5 examples of street art in public spaces at: AC/DC lane, Hosier Lane, Brunetti Cafe, Centre Place and 183 Flinders Lane.

Locations for deTour

Our first stop will be at AC/DC lane, where the display of street art is evident throughout the public space in the laneway. ACDC lane was renamed from Corporate Lane in tribute to the Australian rock band AC/DC , as they originated from Melbourne;…

Our second stop is Hosier Lane, Melbourne’s most iconic laneway. The vibrant artworks found range from tags, stencils, murals, art pieces and objects from a variety of artists which occupy every square throughout the thoroughfare. Every street art…

Next stop is Centre Place, which is a laneway and arcade from Flinders Lane to Collin Street. This precinct has been used in tourist promotion campaigns for the city. Amongst the arcade you will see an abundance of cafes, restaurants, sushi bars,…

Travelling along Flinders Lane, you will notice that there are quite a few thoroughfares to other streets or dead ends. Whilst we saw that our stop in AC/DC Lane and Hosier Lane, there were street art prevalent in the public spaces and we observed…

Our final stop will be on the corner of Melbourne City square, a cafe called Brunetti. Brunetti was a cafe established in 2005 where customers can enjoy scenery of Melbourne, in a peaceful niche where you can read a book or converse with friends.…
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