Paintahaha mural on Hosier Lane

Paintahaha mural on Hosier Lane

Exploring the murals on the lanes of Melbourne this one really stood out. The shapes, patterns and colours are amazing. It is (or at least was in March 2023) on the Movida side of Hosier Lane, off Flinders Street. I photographed dozens of the murals various laneways around Melbourne. I can’t share many but I wanted to share this one. I believe this is an ostrich bird’s head. The reflections in its eyes are extremely realistic. Especially considering this was done with spray paints (I’m assuming). On the far left you can see the artists Instagram handle and name of Paintahaha. Sadly their account is private so I don’t have more detail about the name of the mural.

Street art on Hosier Lane Melbourne

Street art on Hosier Lane Melbourne

The lane ways of Melbourne are a must see tourist attraction. The street art is constantly evolving as artists add new murals and tags of the walls each day. These pedestrian only roads are often extremely busy with people. I was lucky to capture the above view down Hosier Lane without people in the photograph. There must be dozens if not hundreds of individual artists work featured in this scene. With murals and tags on so many deferent layers it would be impossible to credit the artists. Out of all the many photographs of the laneways of Melbourne this one stood out as a typical scene of what to expect in terms of colours and intensity. 

I always knew you would come back

Wondering through the streets of central Christchurch you can’t go far without coming across amazing street art. I Always Knew You Would Come Back (2015) is one of the biggest. Australian artist Numskull’s bold typography brings Hannah Herchenbach’s words to life. The phrase was the winning entry in a competition and speaks of people’s relationship with the inner city. This wall is part of Canterbury College. In the foreground is the 605 Colombo Street car park. Getting the camera lens close to this puddle of water gave the photograph a nice reflection. Which I think is much more interesting than a gravel carpark.

Hastings Library Mural

Painted mural on a library building with Māori woman on the left and Muslim woman on the right looking towards each other.

Driving around Hastings city centre, looking for interesting things to photograph. I pulled up at Civil Square and found a few things to explore. This huge mural is on the side of Hastings Library. Created by the artist Erika Pearce and painted in 2019. The mural celebrates the cultural diversity of the Hastings community. After reflecting on the tragic events in Christchurch in early 2019. The artist wanted to create a piece that shows support and love. The two women featured in this mural represent the Māori and Muslim communities. Both those who have lived here for generations and those who are new to the area. There is a feeling of peace, compassion and understanding shared between them. The details in their eyes and the patterns are amazing. The yellow flowers in the foreground help make the bright blues stand out on the wall.