Street art was once an act of rebellion, and in some places, it still is. When one thinks of street artists, quite often dark hoodies, moonlit nights and police escape spring to mind. In Prahran and South Yarra however, this is far from the case. While those late night missions will always have their place, commissioned pieces are now the norm. Bold, bright and admittedly tamer than their illicit counterparts, commissioned street art murals are now taking pride of place on some of Chapel Street’s most iconic and visible walls.
Does this switch from vandalism to public art reflect a change in generational values? Or is that looking too far into it? Probably. Anyway, here’s a guide to the best street art in Prahran and South Yarra, commissioned or otherwise.
UK based, international street artist Phlegm was commissioned to paint this epic piece. Towering above Chapel Street, the robot is painted on the historic Love & Lewis building, attached to the Pran Central shopping centre. If you’re only going to see one piece of street art in Melbourne, make it this one. It’s imposing size is only half of it’s beauty.
US based artist ARCY poured his paint splash style of street art all over this wall (which is behind St Matthew’s Church on High Street if you’re wondering). It’s kinda a shame that it’s hidden down an alley, but trust that it’s worth the trip to find it. A commision, of course, brought to you by Chapel Street’s home of hip hop culture, Union Heights and Verb Syndicate. Go and check it out!
Brad Eastman (aka Beastman) is one of Australia’s most recognised artists, commissioned in various countries across the globe to create unique and abstract murals. Geometric patterns pulled from nature and symbolic shapes are just a few components that make Beastman’s art so damn good. That’s why we’re SO happy to have a Beastman masterpiece grace the iconic Chapel Precinct. Channeling futuristic vibes and exhibiting an incredible use of colour, you will just love this splash of cool found on the Crn of Chapel and Grey St (across the road from Abacus Bar & Kitchen, South Yarra). The collaboration was a project put in motion by the Chapel Street Precinct Association and City of Stonnington to introduce more high quality and thought-provoking street art into the Precinct.
Check out the timelapse video, here, to see it come to life.
Welcome to Prahran
Welcome to Prahran. An ode to traditional bombing, but with manners. Scattered around this well-used park, with a basketball court and skate ramp are some of the coolest street art pieces. They’re not overwhelming, but they are reminiscent of scenes from movies in the 1990’s, and that’s bound to make you smile.
Barry Street Mural
Painted by street art superstars Cam Scale & Mike Makatron, the Barry Street mural will stop you in your tracks! Officially called ‘A Look to the Future’ this mural was commissioned by Melbourne Polytechnic & the Chapel Street Precinct Association. Want to see it come to life? Check out the timelapse video here.
He came, he stencilled & he left a piece of art worth a small fortune on the wall. All the while, without being noticed. I’m talking about Banksy, a street artist with international notoriety and not a commission piece in sight. If you didn’t already know that one of the few remaining Banksy pieces in Melbourne is on Commercial Road in Prahran, go and see it. Even if it’s just for the dinner party story.