Thursday, 19 January 2012

Newtown, graffiti art

This graffiti art is on the back wall of the Botany View Hotel in the inner city suburb of Newtown. The hotel is located on the corner of King Street and Darley Street, with this back view from Maria Lane. Many businesses in Newtown whose walls had been targets of ugly graffiti have commissioned graffiti artists to cover those walls with their artwork. It seems to have worked in this case because the artwork or other walls of the hotel haven't been defaced since.

25 comments:

  1. A true case of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em"! Graffiti CAN be very artistic!

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  2. A lot of building owners do the same here and it seems to work!

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  3. I am seeing more and more of these signs coverng walls over this way, too, Jim. They are quite in your face, but I like them. The one issue I have, however, is that many are very similar to each other.

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  4. Julie, I know what you mean. The font or style used in graffiti seems to all be the same.

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  5. Great capture, Jim. I prefer graffiti that is less like tagging and not text-based, but tagging and actual words-based graffiti are certainly a sign of our times...

    Interesting place to visit in Melbourne and see graffiti is Hosier Lane:
    http://nixpages.blogspot.com/2011/06/hosier-lane-vandalism-or-art.html

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  6. Like Julie, I also find a lot of these tend to be too similar. And I find it irritating that I have trouble reading them!

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  7. Lesley, I have the same frustration trying to read the text on some of these.

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  8. Love this! Good for the whole community!

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  9. A sad state of affairs where the only way to stop graffiti is to put up graffiti.

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  10. I had lunch there when I shot the cemetery and brickworks, didn't realise all that was around the corner. Did you shoot Mays Lane? If you did, let me know when you intend to use them so we don't overlap.

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  11. They're certainly art in their own respective mood!

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  12. Ann, no I haven't photographed May Lane. I'm curious to see what's there now.

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  13. I hope the hotel keeps it, grafitti are very artistic !!!!

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  14. Hi Jim. I like this one. The contrast of the smooth grey building and the riotous colour of the graffiti seems to work well.

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  15. Paying graffiti artists to do the job is also becoming a trend here in Canada.

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  16. beautiful
    the building itself looks lovely, the color is wonderful

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  17. That's a nice one. Good addition to your graffiti photo collection :D

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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  18. I love how that shadow continues up the wall from the painted tree!

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  19. graffiti 'art' is SO photogenic! i can't resist getting shots of it, either!

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