Paint the town red… green, blue & yellow
Stretching from the city centre to the suburbs Perth is changing. Buildings and laneways are becoming urban tapestries of colour with street art revitalising our public spaces. What were once blank walls are now transforming into living landscapes bringing colour and personality to the streets.
Although there is an abundance of street art in the city, it is now more and more apparent in suburban life.
Igniting the walls with bold geometric masterpieces and contemporary characters, local and international artists are revitalising otherwise blank and boring areas.
The bursts of colour on our walls could easily have you thinking these photos are from the hip and trendy Melbourne instead of Perth. But move over Hosier Lane, Perth’s suburb of Maylands is ranked as one of the three coolest suburbs in Australia, thanks to its gritty and artisanal edge.
But just as art speaks in different ways it is not an everlasting story. What is here today, may be painted over, defaced or the building demolished tomorrow. Maybe knowing that it may not be here forever is what makes us appreciate street art more. Late last year paintball bandits hit the same cool suburb of Maylands hitting many of the stunning murals. However luckily photography captures these images forever.
Street art is fun and vibrant as artists are being commissioned to brighten and rejuvenate otherwise lifeless walls. Artists are using walls of buildings and houses as canvases speaking directly to their audience.
There is something about illicit public artworks that is gaining genuine appreciation and acceptance and for as long as there are open spaces and a means for this creative expression I am sure it will be bombing our walls.
Street art was once an underground movement and today is an accepted form where boring gritty laneways morph into colourful murals.
Street art creates a cultural tourism allowing visitors to come to an area to experience and enjoy the artwork. Unlike a gallery, people can return to the area increasing the economics by spending time and money in the many restaurants and cafes that commission local artists to create inspiring pieces.
Have you visited a cafe with some interesting street art? Do you know other suburbs like Maylands that have lots of buildings rejuvenated with murals?
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