The Unique Representation of Iconic Australian Culture and Identity in Melbourne Street Art
In the Melbourne Street Art scene there is an eclectic display of differing styles and subject matter across the suburbs and the CBD. Murals, throw-ups, tags, paste-ups, slaps (stickers) and stencil art can be found across most inner city suburbs, and in concentrated amounts in the popular lanes of the CBD. Although street art is still considered an illegal act of vandalism in Melbourne, the laneways of the CBD are viewed as a “grey area” by the city council, due mostly to the growing popularity of the Melbourne street art scene, which has become an international tourist attraction over the past few years.
A popular motif within this urban art form is the depiction of iconic Australian elements through the varied mediums of expression available to artists. These subjects can include iconic Australian celebrities, national flora and fauna, political figures, and the artists own reflection of current events.