Monday, February 18, 2019

Monday Mural

Our favourite creperie is in Centre Place in the city. Not that we often have crepes. It has quite a range of food. Centre Place is dirty, grungy, graffitied, tagged and for some reason a massive drawcard for tourists. It must be listed in every possible online and book guide to Melbourne. There are better lanes for mural art as I show here. Most of what is in Centre Place is a mess. But if you keep a keen eye out, at times little gems appear. Yes, that is a homeless person sleeping, quite undisturbed. Once sitting on the steps I saw a couple of young blokes smoking and one had the slogan on his tee shirt, "Too ugly for prostitution". He wasn't great looking, but he was young and looked ok, and just in need of a good scrubbing down in the shower and a washing of his long blond hair. Hmm, dirty old man thoughts.

This has just appeared in fluoro paint. I like it. At times there is a busking violin player on the steps or across the way. Suppose I better see what I can find about the artist. Ah, I can hear the cries of Grace and Sami as I type. Me, me, me. Look at me. Over here. Straker is a Perth based artist and I know I have seen some of his fluoro work via Sami and Grace in Perth. Check out their Monday Murals. You never know. There may be a massive Straker coincidence.


I took these some time ago in Centre Place. They were very temporary. Oh dear, I hope this is more clear than I can see it here. They amused me. Adjacent similar posters were already covered in scrawl. All are long gone now.


A reference to Banksy and his rat drawings. Have a look back to this post of mine about a Banksy rat. The last comment can be taken a couple of ways. It wasn't Banksy making the comment?


Pirate boy. I cropped the scrawl out, but for some reason the picture did not look so good without the mess below, so I have used the uncropped photo.


This was a really enjoyable post to create. I hope you like it.

20 comments:

  1. I did like it. I do like it.
    Going back to your earlier post I mourn for the destruction of Banksy's work.

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    1. EC, re Banksy's work, it was never meant to be permanent but yes, some has disappeared too soon. Take care of yourself.

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  2. I'm a big fan of these artistic gems. I loved all the silo art we saw on our roadtrip through Victoria last year.

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    1. Chez, I really want to see the silo art. I will get there.

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    1. Thanks Gosia. You don't post or comment ofen now, but I appreciate our past.

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  4. I love crepes haven't had them in ages.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, I think I might just have crepes the next time I am there.

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  5. Love crepes too. I like grungy street art.

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    1. Jackie, it comes along with the occasional smell of stale urine.

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  6. I had forgotten about the Banksy rat drawings... your 2012 post was spot on. And the current cartoons are clever.

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    1. Hels, thanks, and yes, I think the cartoons are clever.

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  7. I like those little paper signs. I'd be happy to follow a trail of those reading as I go, but making sure I don't get lost too.

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    1. River, Melbourne is so grid like, it is impossible to get lost. Well almost. We did help a lost person last Saturday. I think some dementia may have been present.

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  8. When you mentioned fluoro paint I thought of Straker. I read somewhere that he does a lot of work in Melbourne too.
    Love the little posters too Andrew, very funny :)

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    1. Thanks Sami. As soon as I saw Perth, I remembered you had posted his works.

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  9. That was funny, as soon as I saw it I knew it was Drew Straker's work. As far as I know he's the only one doing the fluoro style. Love the Banksy rats, eh tradesmen, what you gonna do 😀😀

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    1. Give them a good spanking, which they wouldn't like but I might.

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  10. The grinning pirate boy is nice, with the scrawl beneath, very colorful.

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