Counterculture in Street Art

deTour curated by: Unimelb, 2015

With Street Art becoming increasingly mainstream, this tour will shed light on the unique pieces around Melbourne CBD that express ideas that run against mainstream culture. Through these 5 stops in the city, you will be exposed to the unorthodox voices and opinions on society dispersed admidst other popular trends in Street Art. Make sure to bring a water bottle to quench your thirst, enough cash to indulge in good finds that the surrounding stores have on offer, an empty stomach for the yummy treats in the cozy cafes, and an open mind to take in and appreciate counterculture in Street Art.

Locations for deTour

The first stop of this tour is in an alleyway along one of Melbourne’s best known streets, Bourke street. Stepping into this lane, you enter an atmosphere different from that of the lively street behind. The walls are painted with outbursts and…

The second stop is a laneway that runs between Flinders lane and Collins street and has an amazing hipster vibe with an interesting collection of shops and restaurants. Having a short stop for refueling or retail therapy after observing the street…

The third stop is found near Federation Square and is well known for its urban art. Here you will witness some of the most extensive yet intricate street art pieces and - if you're lucky - possibly even the street artists themselves in the…

The fourth lane is connected to the previous one and offers many more insightful and fascinating pieces. You will first come across a seemingly branded wallet stuck to the ledge. A closer look will reveal the word ‘fake’ sticthed onto it. An…

The last stop is alongside the vibrant and huge shopping centre, Emporium, making this the perfect place to wrap up the tour and head off for other touristy activities. Mainstream culture prescribes strict ideas of what the right way of living and…
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