A guide to the best street art south of the river. For simple inspiration, or the perfect Insta selfie backdrop.
The walls of Chapel Street Precinct house some of Melbourne’s most epic street art. Weave through back alleys, dodge 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Makatron on Chatham Street
Traffic Signal Boxes
Street art in South Yarra? It’s not the first thing to come to mind! While Windsor & Prahran get the glory as the edgier sections of Chapel Street, people would be surprised by what South Yarra has to offer. In between high fashion retailers, are pieces of art that deserve mention. Here they are.
Tom Gerrard Mural
To celebrate the reopening of Bailey Nelson on Chapel Street, Tom Gerrard painted a mural on the inside and outside of the store, and it’s everything a Gerrard mural ought to be.
Brad Eastman (aka Beastman) is one of Australia’s most recognised artists, commissioned in various countries across the globe to create unique and abstract murals. Geometric patterns pulled from nature and symbolic shapes are just a few components that make Beastman’s art so damn good. Spot this splash of cool on the corner of Chapel and Grey St (across the road from Abacus Bar & Kitchen, South Yarra).
The collaboration was a project put in motion by the Chapel Street Precinct Association and City of Stonnington to introduce more high quality and thought-provoking street art into the Precinct.
Check out the timelapse video, here, to see it come to life.
Barry Street Mural
Painted by street art superstars Cam Scale & Mike Makatron, the Barry Street mural will stop you in your tracks! Officially called ‘A Look to the Future’ this mural was commissioned by Melbourne Polytechnic & the Chapel Street Precinct Association. Want to see it come to life? Check out the timelapse video here.
Dvate on Fitzgerald Street
Bright and demanding attention, these small pieces make up an iconic corner on Chapel Street in South Yarra. Dvate is a Melbourne based artist whose position in the street art scene is well established and can be seen on walls, canvas and in magazines both locally and internationally.
Growing up in Melbourne, a stone’s throw from a railway station, he was instantly drawn to the colourful work along the suburban railway lines and became inspired to leave his own mark on society.
Picture the breeze in your hair and shopping bags tucked safely in the boot, as we glide you past the cars and pedestrian traffic along Chapel Street.
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