Street art was once an act of rebellion, and in some places, it still is. When one thinks of street artists, quite often dark hoodies, moonlit nights and police escape spring to mind. In Prahran however, this is far from the case. While those late night missions will always have their place, commissioned pieces are now the norm. Bold, bright and admittedly tamer than their illicit counterparts, commissioned street art murals are now taking pride of place on some of Chapel Street’s most iconic and visible walls.

Does this switch from vandalism to public art reflect a change in generational values? Or is that looking too far into it?  Probably. Anyway, here’s a guide to the best street art in Prahran, commissioned or otherwise. 

UK based, international street artist Phlegm was commissioned to paint this epic piece. Towering above Chapel Street, the robot is painted on the historic Love & Lewis building, attached to the Pran Central shopping centre. If you’re only going to see one piece of street art in Melbourne, make it this one. It’s imposing size is only half of it’s beauty.

US based artist ARCY poured his paint splash style of street art all over this wall (which is behind St Matthew’s Church on High Street if you’re wondering). It’s kinda a shame that it’s hidden down an alley, but trust that it’s worth the trip to find it.  A commision, of course, brought to you by Chapel Street’s home of hip hop culture, Union Heights and Verb Syndicate. Go and check it out!

Street Art in Prahran
Welcome to Prahran

Welcome to Prahran. An ode to traditional bombing, but with manners. Scattered around this well-used park, with a basketball court and skate ramp are some of the coolest street art pieces. They’re not overwhelming, but they are reminiscent of scenes from movies in the 1990’s, and that’s bound to make you smile.

Street Art in Prahran
Street Art in Prahran
Banksy

He came, he stencilled & he left a piece of art worth a small fortune on the wall. All the while, without being noticed. I’m talking about Banksy, a street artist with international notoriety and not a commission piece in sight. If you didn’t already know that one of the few remaining Banksy pieces in Melbourne is on Commercial Road in Prahran, go and see it. Even if it’s just for the dinner party story.

Street Art in Prahran
While you’re in the area, you should also check these out for some killer Insta backdrops:
Street Machine and surrounds
Street Art in Prahran
Mike Makatron on Chatham Street
Street Art in Prahran
Traffic signal boxes
Tom Gerrard Traffic Light Box
Street Art in Prahran
Want more art?
Check out the Windsor & South Yarra articles!
Street Art in WindsorStreet Art in South Yarra
HIVE WORKSHOP CHAPEL STREET GREVILLE STREET

Online is Easy – Small Business Website Workshops at The Hive

| Events | No Comments
Where Hive Workspace, 257 Chapel St, Prahran VIC 3181 When Fri Nov 16 & Wed 12 Dec 2018 Cost $975 per person (book online and get $50 off by using...
Tibbs & Bones Chapel Street

Sprung Onto Chapel Street This Spring!

| Beauty, Drink, Eat, Events, Fashion, Fitness, Play | No Comments
We do always say this, but seriously guys, this month’s latest arrivals are oh so sweet! October on Chapel Street saw businesses blooming just like the flowers! A glitter drenched...
The Andrews Group Chapel Street

13 Design Savvy Experts Saving You From Your DIY Pinterest Hell

| News | No Comments
Real life Pinterest doesn’t exi-. Hold up. Not with that attitude it won’t. Chapel Precinct is home to some of the best and most unique interior, graphic and architecture design...
Sounds of Windsor

Sounds of Windsor

| Play | No Comments
DISCLAIMER: Watching this video will instantly make you cool. Clint Hyndman from Yellow Bird Cafe took YouTube Music on a walk through one of the edgiest suburbs in Australia -...

DECJUBA X THP | Limited Edition Tote

| Fashion | No Comments
Continuing the success of their last collaboration with THP, DECJUBA have launched The Hunger Project x DECJUBA Limited Edition Tote Bags! Available at DECJUBA Chapel Street and all other full priced stores! With 100% of...

What to wear on what day? Guide so everyone doesn’t stare and point at you!

| Events, Fashion, Spring Racing | No Comments
A little refresher on the do’s and don'ts for Spring Carnival fashion etiquette as well as the best places on Chapel Street to find the perfect race-day getup! Derby Day...
Speakeasy

8 Post-Race Day Hot Spots for a BIG CREW on Chapel

| Drink, Eat, Play, Spring Racing | No Comments
You started the day with your crew and you should finish it with them too. Don’t be forced to split up at the end of the day this Spring Racing...
Alannah Hill - Spring Racing - Chapel Street

Alannah Hill Spring Carnival Style Line-Up – For Something More Sophisticated

| Fashion, Spring Racing | No Comments
Known for its graceful flair, Alannah Hill has a unique way of combining classic, stylish and fun in all the right ways. Chapel Street shoppers will fall in love with...