Suburbia Street Art

deTour curated by: Unimelb, 2015

Trains and street art have always had a strong relationship. From the subway of New York, to the tube of London, trains and street art have gone hand in hand. With surfaces such as the blank concrete walls of train stations, fences along train lines, or the trains themselves, it’s easy to see why. Thousands of people use trains every day, and what better way to get people to see your work other than putting it right in front of them?

For Boronia and Ferntree Gully this resulted in its train station and much of the surrounding area becoming a street art haven. With not only the train line becoming covered in street art but each and every blank wall becoming prime property for artists. This tour will focus on the street art culture of Boronia and Ferntree Gully. With an array of tags and throw ups, and the occasional mural these two suburbs are a prime example of the outer suburban Australian street art scene.

Locations for deTour

The first stop on the tour is a collaboration project between the artists Home, Askem, Sage, OG23 and a few others. This is one of the newest pieces in the area and was only completed earlier this year. There generally tends to be a low turnover rate…

The next stop on the tour is on the bike trail, which follows the train line between Ferntree Gully and Boronia. The fence line along this spot is prime real estate for writers, with all of the fence covered and pieces not lasting long. When graffiti…

The third stop on the tour takes us to an unexpected place for a piece such as this. The back wall of a Zagames restaurant serves as the home to this large piece done by members of KCD. The piece has an overwhelming sense of patriotism to it with the…

This stop on tour bring us to one of the most or the most viewed pieces all throughout Boronia. With a major road to its right it is impossible to miss as you drive into the town. The piece is from 2014, and by two artists already mentioned on the…

The final stop on the tour is a piece that was commissioned by the council for the Boronia Recreation Reserve. The piece shows all the types of activities that occur at the reserve, from dog walking to Football. Before this piece went up this wall…
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