D172. Feb 18. Melbourne’ Street Art

Capture d’écran 2014-02-20 à 01.11.47Melbourne’ Street Art is quite famous, or at least, communication about it is good enough for people to be aware about it. So, after some research on the web, we’ve decided to explore the small lanes of the city center, ready to shot.

The most famous location is next to the river, where two blogs have be tagged, and retagged, and reretagged…

Not exactly what we were expecting. I thought I would see more stencil creations, less spray “expressions”… Though, on the way, I got caught by one artist. I don’t know who he is. Does anyone know ? Here comes a small image gallery…

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D170. Feb 16. Melbourne, the architectural mix

In 1835, the Melbourne land was bought to indigenous Australians for a crate of blankets, knives and knick-knacks. “This is the place for a village”, said its founder, John Batman, at the time. Unlike previous settlements such as Sydney or Tasmania, Melbourne was populated with fresh emigrants.

And it seems that the local architecture showcases every single historical phase the country went through over a century: the gold-rush era, the industrial revolution, the British Victorian style at the end of the 19th, the Paris Art Nouveau  in the turn of the century, the roaring 1920′ and its Art Deco buildings, the consumers revolution embodied in mural paintings…

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On the same block, it is not unusual to find brick premises, neo-classic columns and recent concrete. When not on the same building, like below !

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All around the city, creative architecture blossoms, adding a new layer to the urban landscape !

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D87 . Nov 26 . Street Art in Benares

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Those two could, for sure, be tagged on European walls as well, especially the one above, I’m sure I’ve already seen such patterns somewhere…

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Vishnou and his many arms, Ganesh the elephant, Hanuman the monkey god, Fabien, and Shiva !

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Really ??? Does she breathe ??? That’s the question I will address in my coming posts about Benares, also called Varanasi, a land of contrasts, an open field for mixed feelings, from fascination to repulsion…

D87 . Nov 26 . Benares, follow the arrow

 

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Everywhere in Benares, you can find painted adverts about guesthouses, yoga classes, sweet lassi, etc. Indeed very needed considering the maze those old small streets are. And highly photogenic.

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That young man was actually painting an advert about Hindi classes… Not for Indians to get to read but probably for tourists who want  to dig into the local culture and reach nirvana some day…

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Those signs are primarily aimed at orienting tourists, locals don’t pay much attention to it.
It fits into the ruins as well, adding to the “suranée” atmosphere of the city.

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The German Brown Bakery is very well know by tourists, this is one of the first spots address you exchange with other backpackers.

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Free wifi. Comes together with free cow shit – Freshness guaranteed!

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D5 – Sept. 5 – Perm

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Perm is a very charming city. A mix of different styles and times:
18th century isbas – wood houses, sometimes sit on a rock ground floor.
19th century old mansions who belonged to merchants, banned by the communists, recently renovated.
20th century brick factories and buildings, ruins where some people leave.
A lot of trees, a lot of street art, a lot of tramways, not many people.
Basically, the city seems oversized for the number of inhabitants in counts. How is it possible to renovate so many blocks ? I guess it is not. And it’s not gonna be. From a tourist perspective though, it offers a never ending frame for pictures, walks, and meditation on History’ cycles…

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