Urban Evolution – Street Art Documentary


street art is so much more than just doing work with spray cans it includes a lot of other art forms pretty much anything that’s 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 trainway 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 21st century 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 Melbourne;s pop culture 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 have 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 cleam. They cracked down on street artists, many of whom were charged with criminal offences currently the Melbourne city council has changed its attitude towards street art and this is what they have to say so more recently, instead of having grafitti removal for street art city of Melbourne has actually gone ahead and encouraged street art We’ve set up whats called the Street Arts Comission 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 artists can come and demonstrate their art, instead of it being grafitti and having to be removed not only have council adopted a more open attitude towards street art so have the public, with street art
galleries popping up across Melbourne by giving steet art a permanent spot in galleries, the mood of the work changes drmatically What used to be a thrilling, exhillerating 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’s 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 In the begining 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 realise its a tourist attraction in melbourne, and it adds something really interesting to the city I like street art when its artistic and its not vandalism, so things like this I like, but when its lewd messages, I’m not a big fan people appreciate street art when its good, like it is an art form its colorful and vibrant is different its great, colours up laneways and darker parts of the city I see it as the passion of what someone is feeling Theres some sketchy stuff around, but theres some real good stuff too. it should be encouraged Street art has undergone many changes since its arrival from New York in the 1980s What started as trainway scrawls has developed into a dynamic artform celebrated by the public and council alike These days street art is more widely accepted in the community and is one of melbourne’s most popular tourist attractions The future of street art, much like the artform itself, is unpredictable. We could see an increase in galleries and comissioned 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 at will continue to flourish and evolve And that’s a wrap

22 comments

  • Wennie Lin

    WWWOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

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  • Emma Owl

    😀

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  • 870AD

    Although street art has evolved to become more and more complex and sophisticated i think that its wrong to such readily define tagging as "ugly scrawls" essentially all the spray painted graffiti in hosier lane is Graffiti pieces, which are just a persons name or Tag. art appeals to different people lots of people find tagging interesting, tagging has taken its place as modern day cave art to me.

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  • Emma Owl

    I agree with you, there are definitely some cases where tags look awesome, but what we found was, the generally feeling amongst the public, is that tagging (by this I mean litterally a word written in one go with a spray can over other peoples art) is less appealing than some of the fantastic stuff you see around. But you are right, tagging can look great, Union Lane is an awesome example 🙂

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  • Emma Owl

    Originally it was for a school project, but my friends and I loved the topic, so we put a little more effort in 😀

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  • Emma Owl

    thankyou thankyou 😀

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  • Anne

    Cool! That's something I didnt know about Melbourne! 😉

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  • Emma Owl

    YAY! glad to share the knowledge 🙂

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  • Dew2Circumstances

    this is so cool!
    do you want to one day be a film maker? (i mean, you allready are,but when you leave school i mean!)

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  • Emma Owl

    Thankyou!!!
    Being a film maker is definitely my big dream – it would be soo cool to direct or be a cinematographer 🙂 Long way to go though…
    What about you?

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  • Dew2Circumstances

    its all about the journey,not the destination 🙂
    I'd love to be an actress to be honest 🙂

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  • Emma Owl

    Thats definitely true – great to keep an open mind 🙂
    You would be an awesome actor! I would go for a career in acting myself if I wasn't so hopeless at it 😀

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  • Emma Owl

    Thankyou! 🙂 Melbourne's street art is pretty awesome!

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  • zoehannah82

    Hey girls this turned out great!! I was wondering if you would give me permission to post this on the Urban Scrawl facebook page? Let me know. Zoe 🙂

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  • dan blue

    I Love Street Art. Thanks. Ice Cream Street Art

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  • Mak Ayah

    cool!!

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  • Irvin Soon

    its cool, but….can i ask substitle for it?

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  • Jello Vello

    my uni use your video as project.. i cant even hear what people said in the video. Can i ask for subtitle? thank you.

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  • Emma Owl

    Everyone asking for subtitles: just press the caption feature on the video player, I have edited the video so subtitles are included. Sorry the audio isn't clearer!

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  • Amira Azzim

    thank you for the subtitles! 😉

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  • nana chan

    cool video ~ ^^

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  • Jello Vello

    Thank you Emma Owl , I appreciate it <3 =D 

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