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Melbourne's Lanes

Paint it Black - the sequel

Today we are looking at the sequel to the All Your Walls event held in both Hosier Lane and Rutledge Lane which commenced last month and had its culmination a few short days ago. Part of the National Galley of Victoria's Melbourne Now exhibition which champions a wide array of art related events, a detailed summary of both event and initial works can be found by viewing the first Paint It Black article here . Some readers will disagree with the...

Paint It Black - Hosier Lane reborn

Parts of Melbourne's famous Hosier Lane and Rutledge Lane combination may have turned blue during August, yet last weekend marked the first time both thoroughfares have been wiped clean so to speak, with a fresh start in mind. A team of workers and artists applied a black undercoat to all areas with the intention of reserving plots for specific artists. Scissorlifts, traffic management and security all played their part as existing works were...

After the Blue - Rutledge Lane

Rutledge Lane, one of Melbourne's premier graffiti art laneways branching off the more well known Hosier Lane was transformed last weekend, when Adrian Doyle of Darkhorse Experiment fame boldly replaced the Lane's striking graffiti with a simple baby blue covering, entitled Empty Nursery Blue . With the backing of Melbourne City Council everything from the walls, garbage bins and even the asphalt was covered in blue paint, with the past artworks...

Little Smith Street, big style

Another installment today in a series of urban street art tours, this time focusing on Little Smith Street Fitzroy. As is generally the way, stumbling into an area unintentionally can often lead to interesting results as seen in the article slideshow. Little Smith Street as per the image below seems like a typical laneway, yet devote the time to walk its length and a myriad of street art works are there to be viewed adding to an otherwise...

Hosier Lane: half yearly snapshot

So the half year has come and gone, an opportune moment then to take a brief look at what Hosier Lane and Rutledge Lane have thrown up during the first half of 2013. Ever changing, most of the images through the area live a short life, superseded by new and interesting artworks on a regular basis. For what it's worth, this piece below is my standout. Appearing in June it's subtle yet with a detail that allows her eyes to seemingly follow the...

Photographic Tour of Chinatown

Considered one of the longest continuous Chinese settlements anywhere in the western world, Melbourne's Chinatown has a lot to offer those who meander through. Quoting chinatownmelbourne.com.au "It was the discovery of gold in 1851 which attracted Chinese immigration to Victoria on a large scale. Ships sailed to Australia from Hong Kong with their cargo of men who had come in search of the “New Gold Mountain”. The small but burgeoning Chinese...

Blender Lane artwork

Blender Lane and its artwork is the most visible legacy of a concept first created by celebrated street artist Adrian Doyle during the year 2000. While an extensive rundown of Blender Studios can be found here, the practice's aim is simple - "Blender has become more of an art complex and ideas factory where nearly anything goes. It is self-sustainable and tries to bring art to everyone." To that end Blender Lane off 110 Franklin St, Melbourne...

Hosier Lane, late 2012

Welcome to the first of what will become regular updates dedicated to one of Melbourne's tourist and cultural attractions, the artwork of Hosier Lane. Bound by Flinders St and Flinders Lane, Hosier Lane and adjoining Rutledge Lane are home to an ever dynamic and ecclectic body of street art, but for those not aware of this cobbled jem an apt description can be found at Laneway Magazine . Whilst only taking in the final weeks of 2012, Urban...
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Development & Planning

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:00
First covered on Urban Melbourne just a tick over 3 years ago, Golden Age Group's Victoria One has achieved a significant milestone with head contractor Probuild topping out the core at a height of 271m AHD and in the process claiming the title of the tallest structure in the Melbourne CBD.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:00
Two important stories which traverse both transport and housing topic areas were highlighted on Urban Melbourne this week. The news that the medium and high-density components of Williams Landing will ramp up highlight what some might gloss over but what I think is the correct 'order' of doing things: the rail station is built first, developers then piggyback off the new infrastructure second.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:00
Two of City of Melbourne's key urban design initiatives are in the starters gates, with Lord Major Robert Doyle yesterday providing further information on the pair. As of next month, the long-awaited upgrade to the southern end of Elizabeth Street will begin.