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.
Brad Eastman (Beastman) has sprayed a burst of multicoloured greatness onto the walls of Star Health Group in Prahran. Neighbour to his Crn of Chapel and Grey St masterpiece, stroll into Little Chapel Street for a peak at this beauty.
240 Malvern Rd, Prahran
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.
Melbourne mural artist JUZPOP bringing the love to Chapel Street with her piece titled “Unconditional”. This fun loving wall popped up next to the Prahran Town Hall and you won’t be able to help but smile when you meet this one.
The artist wrote, “Where infinite self-obsession is that status quo marriage has been re-defined as a false identity show, here to find passionate unconditional love is rare, but sometimes the very real thing emerges unlike anything you’d compare. This unconditional companionship views love only as ‘you and us’, absolute and total, holding each other still in the 21st century rush.”
Located at 257 Chapel Street, Prahran (Cnr Greville and Chapel Street)
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!
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.
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.
While you’re in the area, you should also check these out for some killer Insta backdrops:
Street Machine and surrounds
Mike Makatron on Chatham Street
Traffic signal boxes
As a Chapel Street resident of a number of years, I’ve noticed a few changes in our community. But I’ve also observed a few things that are iconically Chapel Street that only residents can truly relate to. When you know, you know.
The Prahran Square car park is now open for business! 500 undercover parks and electric car charging stations right in the heart of the Chapel Street Precinct. Plus, it’s only $1 for 2 hours!
We wanted to unearth the precinct’s most memorable and unique burgers for the ultimate Chapel Precinct burger crawl. Warning: salivation guaranteed.
Aimed to raise essential funds for the Sacred Heart Mission’s Woman’s House, which supports women experiencing homelessness, the op shop campaign will be held earlier this year kicking off in August with a Launch Party at the Prahran op shop and finishing in September at its newest shop in Prahran.
Secondary cuts of meat are those working muscles which are more flavoursome and textural, but need a little more time and care to polish off the edges, but by doing so you are richly rewarded.
If you’ve never taken a trip to Greville Street, you’re seriously missing out. This petite Prahran street leads you gently from the hustle of Chapel Street, into a warm village of boutique makers, retailers & artists.
I braved my first Pole Dancing class at Pole Divas Prahran and I was really (dare I say it?) feeling myself. Prepared to feel uncomfortable, thankfully, my awesome older sister was eager (you can see why she’s the oldest) to join me for our first experience with the pole.
Just when you thought living or working in or near Chapel Precinct couldn’t provide any more perks… Grab your housemates and check out these awesome local deals you can nab just for living or working around these parts.