Perhaps it was me, being older and getting jaded, but Melbourne’s street art – one of this blog’s great interests – seemed to me on this trip to have hit an impasse. The walls of the city’s alleyways are of course still colourfully emblazoned, and there are still good pieces. But nothing, I thought, that I had not seen before. Few pieces stopped me in my tracks.
Perhaps “installations” are the way to go, following the lead of pranksters who spray painted gold a crashed and abandoned car in the suburb of North Fitzroy, transforming it into a short-lived local statement piece.
It was the kind of opportunistic, authentic response to local conditions that reminded me of this witty diatribe from neighbouring Fitzroy the year before.
But there is still some life in the more traditional “mural” style street art yet, as shown by this work that popped up in Richmond near the river. It immortalises the viral vid of the “kangaroo puncher” which emerged on the world’s interwebs sometime around November this year.