Laneways

A coffee table book dedicated to
the street art of Melbourne

Street art began appearing in Melbourne in the 1970s and 1980s. While the street art of Melbourne is generally recognized as a part of the urban culture, street artists and the city have had a tumultuous relationship. Commissioned murals are accepted and even encouraged by the city, but graffiti is seen as dirty and removed religiously. Popular lanes of street art attracts hundreds of tourists a day, but part of the true street art cultures remains in the less privileged areas.

 

During my time studying abroad in Melbourne I was inspired to learn more about the controversy behind street art, and present it as a valuable asset to the culture of the city rather than something to be removed. This book includes interviews with artists as well as hand spray painted elements done by myself.