A guide to the best street art south of the river… Windsor edition. For simple inspiration, or the perfect Insta selfie backdrop.
The Fam came to visit a few weeks ago from Christchurch, NZ (yes, the voice behind Chapel Street articles is a Kiwi… accent masked behind written text, bro). The first thing I wanted to show them was my profound Melburnian coffee snobbery, but following closely behind was the epic street art in my adopted neighbourhood.
Our motley crew of NZers and Italian Greyhound Ducati weaved through back alleys, dodging cars and tripping on uneven cobbles to see one of the best things about living and visiting Chapel Street. The street art.
Starting in Windsor…
Artist Lane makeover
To the Happy Few mural on [MARS] Gallery’s ten metre high, east facing external wall.
‘Paintings are placed in interaction with the environment. Art looses its quality if it is not connected with the space. Art wins in cooperation with the space. The total should always be more than a sum of its parts.’ – Lars Breuer
Breuer’s work is site specific, the starting point for construction of his wall paintings is always the surrounding architecture. In doing so the artist is always working with space, which becomes modified and clearly defined by his large-scale interpretations.
Around twelve metres long and four metres high these bad boys are sure to catch you by surprise. Just off the main drag of Chapel Street before Morris Jones Restaurant and Bar, stroll down the side street, take a peak down the sneaky lane way and you’ll be wow’d!
Tom Gerrard is a Melbourne based contemporary artist known for his paintings and murals of urban landscapes and used objects. This is one of the biggest walls he’s ever painted and he managed to do it with just a roller and pole!
The future MVP of the league and the best basketball prospect to ever come out of Australia. Born and bred in Melbourne, the Lynch mob have painted a massive mural of the legend in his honour. Its located on 22 Chapel Street, Windsor, opposite the Railway Hotel.
PS: If you’re reading this Adam Silver, please make this guy an All Star next year. Thanks.
Few projects have impacted the Windsor skyline as much as Melbourne Polytechnic’s ‘Paint the Polytechnic’. Four seven story high behemoths by Reka ONE, Guido van Helten and Sofles can be seen from all around like beacons to the promised land. My highlight? Guido van Helten’s dancer, literally takes your breath away.
Assorted political and pop culture inspired scribbles hidden behind Morris Jones. Go. Take the picture of Kim K’s butt or Donald Trump. Reflect on the current state of 2017, then keep moving.
Lincoln Place/Saigon Sally
Brightly painted shoes strung up like lantern lights. An alley obliterated with street art. A fancy Vietnamese lady named Sally. Selfie perfection. Plus if you shoot around the corner to MARS Gallery, Robert Hague’s, Colossus (after Goya), 2017 pasted on the east side wall is definitely worth a look. It’s on the ‘fancier’ side, but it’s still on the street so it totes counts.
What Windsor street art tour would be complete without a stroll down Artists Lane? Forever evolving, always inspiring, and sometimes a little yucky. Artists Lane is a one stop destination for different street art styles and I promise that a quick iPhone photo shoot will yield ‘heart’-able Insta results!
Traffic Signal Boxes
Chapel Street doesn’t do ordinary, so why would the traffic signal boxes be any different? Stroll by the Windsor Train Station & the Lucky Coq for two of the best small scale pieces of street art on Chapel.
Where to go:
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