Public art encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks, or outdoor public places. Let your imagination and photographic eye show us diverse samples all over the world.

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Last week for PPAC #23, I had a marvelous response from all of you. I want to say thank you to each of you for joining along in our challenge. Here are the featured bloggers for this week. Their posts really grabbed my attention. They are all worthy of a second or third look.

FEATURED BLOGGERS FOR PPAC #23

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Eat, Pray, Life
Philosophy Through Photography
My Camera & I
One Million Photographs
KameraPromenader

My Choices for PPAC #24

Almost six years ago the Eternal Traveller and I wandered the streets of Melbourne in search of photo opportunities. Armed with our trusty PAPER city maps, we found Hosier Lane.

“Located on the (Melbourne’s Central Business District) CBD’s southern edge, it extends between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane, and opens opposite the Atrium at Federation Square. Since the late 1990s, Hosier Lane has become a popular tourist attraction due to its street art.[1]“Wikipedia

Here is the first set of murals we found that day. I will do a series on these because there are quite a few. The murals are not nursery rhyme characters and are sometimes legible and explainable only to the street artists who created them.

If you can read this – earn extra PPAC points for your blog. 🙂
How about this one? I can’t read the tiny words scribbled on the lower-left corner there either.
He was the guardian of Hosier Lane at that time.

I’m not sure if he’s still there. But you can be sure that neither the Eternal Traveller nor I messed with him there in that dark alley.

This guy was just there having fun and trying to get the big guy to smile.

You can see that his tricks didn’t work. I’m not sure what happened to Green Eye’s teeth. I think he got carried away with the whitener strips.

You might want to plan a wedding on Hosier Lane and invite these guys to join you – or not. This is or has been, a popular spot for taking wedding pictures.

Did You Make a Guess in the Comment Section?

Care to take a guess at what the first murals said or meant? Leave your thoughts and grab your free extra PPAC Blogger Points widget below just for the fun of guessing.

Now it’s your turn.

Take us for a spin around your world to see the public art you love and tell us your stories if you like. I hope you all had a full Thanksgiving. Please leave your comments and pingbacks on my blog again this week. Cee should be back next week.


85 responses to “PPAC #24: Melbourne Mural Walk #1”

  1. PPAC #25 Melbourne Walk #2 Hosier Lane Murals – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

    […] had a marvelous response from all of you on last week’s PPAC #24. I want to say thank you to each of you for joining along in our challenge.  Here are the featured […]

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  2. Julie Avatar

    Thank you for the pingback!! (note: I’m catching up on the comments and posts!)

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It takes so much time, I never worry too much about people catching up. We all do eventually. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Beautiful post! 🙂

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  3. Julie Avatar

    I’m going to guess snozzie.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Good guess! You just earned extra PPAC points! There isn’t a right answer that I know. Only the artist knows for sure! 🙂 Thanks for playing along, Julie.

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  5. susurrus Avatar

    I love the lively colours and the way such casual-seeming crosses bring the eyes to light. I was only thinking yesterday how I used to see a word however it was hidden, but street artists have got me beaten.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      They have an artistic way with words, don’t they? Maybe the joke is that it is not a word but just a design that has similarities to letters!

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      1. susurrus Avatar

        Or letters that are not fully committed to being this one or that one, but drift half way through.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Exactly! they are definitely more art than message!

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  6. Sweet Tyre Planters Make a Back Alley Look Cared For – Susan Rushton Avatar

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  7. PPAC: #24 – nowathome Avatar

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  8. PPAC: #24 – nowathome Avatar

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  9. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    I cannot really make out what it says…perhaps sizzle !

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      There is no right answer from this end but you earned your PPAC bonus points for trying, Aletta! LOL I couldn’t make it out either. Sizzle is as close as I could guess, too.

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  11. Neighbors Create Public Art – Light Words Avatar

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  12. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Hi Marsha, I’m back with my entry for the week 😀
    https://ceenphotography.com/2021/11/29/ppac-24-small-town-art/

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  13. PPAC: #24 – Small Town Art – Cee's Photo Challenges Avatar

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  14. eklastic Avatar

    Fabulous murals!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Elke. That was quite a place.

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    2. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Elke!

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  16. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    ELECTRIC!!!! 💖💖🙏

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Grab your free points, Cindy! That sounds plausible! 🙂

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        👏👏👏💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻here i come🙌

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  17. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

    Public murals provide a wide range of expressions. Thanks for capturing these, Marsha.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for commenting, Frank. I’m so glad to have you back online. 🙂

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  18. Woolly Muses Avatar

    Hosier Lane is a photographer’s paradise, Marsha. Great Shots. I have heard there are many other similarly decorated lanes in Melbourne now, in an effort to lure the public and tourists back to town. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      The Pandemic has been hard on Melbourne, I’m sure. People’s habits have changed. We hardly ever eat out anymore compared to what we used to do.

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  19. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    Here we go, my second post from Piran on the coast of Slovenia for this challenge with three sculptures. I like them all, now you be the judge. I also like bold colours and shapes of your murals, even though of course I don’t understand a thing. 🙂

    https://manjameximexcessive6.wordpress.com/2021/11/27/ppac-piran-2-three-sculptures/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Great statues, Manja. 🙂

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  21. Toonsarah Avatar

    Oh dear, no extra points for me as I can’t make out those words! I do love the rich colours however, and I do have a post for you, some beautiful tiles photographed on the streets of Seville last weekend: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-majolica-the-ceramic-tiles-of-seville/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You get extra points for just leaving a comment, Sarah! So grab away, they’re a fun way of saying thanks for your comment! 🙂

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  22. Photographing Public Art – Philosophy Through Photography Avatar

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  23. Sue Avatar

    Very colourful!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Indeed they are, and they change on a regular basis.:)

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      1. Sue Avatar

        So never a dull moment

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          LOL! I won’t be able to go back there any time soon. 🙂 So, I guess that moment will have to last and retain its own brightness. 🙂 I will have to catch my bright moments elsewhere. 🙂

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          1. Sue Avatar

            I’m sure you will, Marsha!

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  24. philosophy through photography Avatar

    Thank you Marsh for featuring my post.
    As far as reading the script- I give up for the time being.
    But I am continuing my efforts!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You left a comment – that’s all that matters! 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Sofia. 🙂

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    2. Marsha Avatar

      Beautiful! 🙂

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  27. Ju-Lyn Avatar

    Dramatic series of murals! The colours are so bold and vibrant! I chuckle at the thought that they are/were a popular backdrop for wedding photos!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I agree with a chuckle. It seems an unlikely place to take wedding photos in an alley, no matter how much graffiti art is on the walls. 🙂

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  28. Natalie Avatar

    Bold colours, Marsha. The last photo would be fun at a pediatric dental clinic 🙂 My guess for the first mural is “Swzic”. I don’t know the meaning although sometimes graffiti artists sign their name or their group name and this may be one of them?

    Here’s my entry: https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2021/11/26/art-near-sugar-beach/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Well, you certainly earned your extra PPAC points this week, Natalie. 🙂

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  29. the eternal traveller Avatar

    I love going to Hosier Lane whenever we’re in Melbourne. The artwork is constantly changing so we always see something new. Great photos.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That was one of the many highlights for me. I love doing all these challenges because I have a chance to use my photos most of which have never been shown before. We too so many photos, I don’t think I’ll ever run out. 🙂 Of course, not all of them are great. LOL

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  30. Debbie Smyth Avatar

    What fun!
    My offering this week bears a resemblance to a couple of yours, Marsha. https://travelwithintent.com/2021/11/26/lurking-behind-a-bush/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Very cool in a strange way. Arresting. 🙂 Super pick for this week.

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  31. Teresa Avatar

    You got me opening my eyes then squinting but I still can’t read it haha I will be back later on with my entry.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Haha! You earned your extra PPAC points for sure! I’ll look forward to your post! 🙂

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      1. Teresa Avatar

        First of all, thanks for the feature…much appreciated. You have really captured the excitement of Hosier Lane that is why I love visiting it as well. Here is mine coming from a different part of Melbourne: https://mywanderings.travel.blog/2021/11/27/the-dolphin-fountain/

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I had so much fun in Melbourne. If you don’t own a camera and live there, you should be fined. 🙂

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          1. Teresa Avatar

            Haha that’s so true!

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  33. ljcillustration Avatar

    They are so bright. My best attempt at the word is swizzel.
    https://linsdoodles.wordpress.com/2021/11/26/ppac-24/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Very good. I have no idea if you are right, of course! LOL You definitely earned those extra PPAC points! 🙂 I’m on my way to check out your post now, Lin. 🙂

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  36. Cee Neuner Avatar

    You pick out some fantastic features for this week Marsha
    I really like your street art photos too. They are so colorful 😀 😀
    Thanks for helping out this week 😀 ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee. No problem, any time. We made a great team. 🙂

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      1. Cee Neuner Avatar

        We do make a great team. 😀 😀 We’ve almost been running this challenge for six month. Do you believe it?

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It’s amazing!

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  37. Jim Borden Avatar

    some amazing murals, but I have no idea what that first one is saying!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Me either, but you earned your bonus points for guessing! LOL

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