Perth Alley Art – III

28 03 2012

I regularly walk through the Perth city centre and am especially drawn to the alleys and laneways that feature urban art. I’m not talking about the senseless tagging, obscene scribbles and outright vandalism on bins and bus shelters, I’m talking about art. Street art. I’m not advocating vandalism, I’m celebrating a medium and artist that is often misunderstood.

I love BIG art.  I love big, gutsy public art.  These pieces are really special to see.  I love to get up really close and let the whole picture consume my peripheral vision so I feel like I’m IN the picture.  I can check out the detail before pacing backwards with awkward strides to soak in the whole piece.  In – out, big – small, piece – whole, detail – entirety. I love it.

Unlike a gallery, there are no laminated signs saying “Please do not touch”. There are no fancy ropes keeping me from approaching and no security guards watching my movements.  I have complete freedom.  I like to stand close and see the textures on the surface, the shape and flow of the paint, the overspray, the layers, the runs, the stencil edge, the faux holes painted for effect, the shine and highlights on the brickwork or concrete.  Glorious.

Here are some more pics I’ve found lately around town.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do – it certainly brightens up my lunchtime walk!

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Check out my other posts in this series:  Perth Alley Art – I  and Perth Alley Art II





11 responses

28 03 2012
Dezra Despain

These are wonderful! I think my favorite is the lighthouse for the very reason you described…walking up close and becoming part of the work. I would love to have all that pink and blue splash around me.

28 03 2012

I am in complete agreement Louise! I adore urban street art. So much talent in just about every city in the world! Love capturing it too!! Fab slideshow! Margie

28 03 2012

You have such an interesting blog I have Blogger Tagged you – check out my blog for details. No pressure!

29 03 2012
Cee Neuner

These are so fascinating. Wonderful!

29 03 2012

Love the one of the swing!

29 03 2012

colourful, vibrant, clever, thought-provoking, thanks louise!

30 03 2012
Gilly Gee

Terrific, especially bluebeard!

3 04 2012

I agree with you. I too am a fan of artistic graffiti, if done well. Here in Melbourne, I’ve seen plenty similar to your little slideshow, especially off Acland Street, St Kilda. Excellent post and pix.

15 04 2012

Hi Louise! I featured your blog highlighting your street art entries on Perthy Alley. I hope you don’t mind me doing that.

16 04 2012

That’s great!

25 04 2012

These are really cool, I’ve seen similar art in Melbourne and loved that it hadn’t been painted over with regulation green, grey or brown. Hopefully I’ll get to Perth one day to see the alley art there, thank you for sharing and for stopping by my blog 🙂

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