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  • 7/27/2019 Urban Evolution - Street Art Documentary


    Zoc- urban scrawl tours

    -Street art is so much more than just doing work with spray cans. It includes a lot of

    other art forms, pretty much anything thats temporary and in the public space.

    Street art in Melbourne first arrived in the 1980s from the vibrant city of New York, what started

    as train way scrawls political slogans and silent protests gradually took on an artistic form which

    created a whole new subculture in Melbourne. By the end of the nineteen eighties, street art

    was at its peak and started to attract international artists such as Banksy, Blec Le Rat and

    Deface. By the 21stcentury, exciting new forms of street art started to pop up, such as stencils,

    stickers and paste ups. Nowadays, street art is at the heart of Melbournes pop cultur e and

    tourism and is regarded almost entirely as art. This attitude towards street art has changed as

    people have begun to recognize the artistic element of it and local councils have also become

    more accepting of it. The Melbourne city council has long regarded street art as a form of

    vandalism as shown in the lead-up to the Commonwealth games in 2006 where laneways

    around the city such as Hosier lane, were wiped clean. The cracked down on street artists,

    many of them were charged with criminal offences. Currently the Melbourne city has changed

    its attitude towards street art and this is what they have to say:


    So more recently, instead of having graffiti removal for street art city of Melbourne has actually

    gone ahead an encouraged street art. We have set up whats called the Street Art Commission

    and certain areas, within the CBD where street artists can actually conduct street art. So places

    like Degraves Street and Hosier Lane. In the CBD where artist can come and demonstrate their

    art, instead of it being graffiti and having to be removed.

    Not only have council adopted a more open attitude towards street art so have the public across

    Melbourne by giving street art a permanent spot in galleries, the mood of the work changes

    dramatically. What used to be a trilling, exhilarating and temporary method of expression is now

    placed in a very controlled and formal environment and decorative art.


    What do you think about Street art in galleries?


    I think it is a good idea; you can preserve it, instead of it being tagged.


    In my opinion, street art belongs on the street.

    Driving the demand for street art in galleries is the more positive attitude the public has

    adopted and though there are still people who dislike it, the majority are far more accepting

  • 7/27/2019 Urban Evolution - Street Art Documentary


    Zoc- urban scrawl tours

    -In the beginning people were really scared of it. And now, most people, including the

    council are pretty supportive of it. Of course there are still people who hate it, but most

    people realize it is a tourism attraction in Melbourne, and it adds something really

    interesting to the city



    I like street art when its artistic and it is not vandalism, so things like this I like, but when

    its lewd messages, I am not a big fan.


    People appreciate street art when its good, like it is an art form


    Its colorful and vibrant is different

    4. Its great, colors up laneways and darker parts of the city //local


    I see it as the passion of what someone is feeling //tourist


    There is some sketchy stuff around, but theres some real good stuff too. It should be

    encouraged //student

    Street art has undergone many changes since its arrival from New York in 1980s. What started

    as train way scrawls has developed into a dynamic art form celebrated by the public and council

    alike. These days street art is more widely accepted in the community and is one of Melbournes

    most popular tourist attractions. The future of street art, much like the art form itself, is

    unpredictable. We could see an increase in galleries and commissioned art. Or it might just stay

    the same. What is for certain though, is that with new generations taking up the spray can every

    day, street art will continue to flourish and evolve.