Armed with their first Myki electronic ticket, two girls, their Mum and I boarded the bus and train for a two-hour journey to Flinders Street Station where we met their cousins for a day in Melbourne City Centre. The pop-up rooftop garden over the car park provided a taste of the familiar amongst the sensory overload. Then to Hosier Lane to admire the street art before pizza lunch in Degraves Street and a chill-out/toilet break in the City Library.
Afternoon was devoted to intensive arcade strolling, going into Haighs Chocolate for Easter cuddly ducks, pocket money finds at a toyshop and Arthur Daley’s Discount Store. A final ice-cream and it was back on the train for the long commute home, arriving after dark.
Yesterday I did a tour of Melbourne street art. Starting from Federation Square, we quickly darted away from the mainstream into Campbell Arcade, a subway to Flinders Street Station. Here we were shown a shop that sells ‘zines’, temporary special interest magazines and the little gallery space that changes regularly. We emerged into Degraves Street to see a cloud of pink rain and a lady sheltering from it under her umbrella.
There was also a surprising little mosaic. I go down Degraves Street weekly but hadn’t noticed it before.
We continued up Centre Way and turned left into a dead-end alley which had some very moving art, including a piety-like memorial painting.
Another painting down in a corner seemed to have an Asian influence:
We continued to Hosier Lane, which was full of new art, having been blanked out to have a fresh exhibition for the Melbourne Now festival that commences today and involves both campuses of the National Gallery of Victoria. Here our guide showed us one of his recent works, together with a little signature man.
We continued up to Chinatown, where we saw some very large street art, clearly done with the aid of scissor lifts.
I was also intrigued by some painted directives on how to tie a tie – the ultimate statement of mail constraint, but I decided instead to finish with this octopus as it was more eye catching.
I plan to go back to these lanes to check out the changes. Apparently some are changed several times a week!