The streets and alleyways of Melbourne are world renowned for hosting some of the most vibrant and diverse street art in its game. These outdoor galleries live and breathe amongst the daily hustle and bustle of the inner cities, where an array of different works can be found and sometimes lost, as with the transient nature of street art. Sweet Streets is a celebration of this urban art movement in Melbourne, an event that re-draws the confines of the traditional art scene.
Daniel Lynch, artist and facilitator of Sweet Streets, discussed what the street art scene means for Melbournians.
“I think it’s more egalitarian, in that it’s passing out art for free for everybody. You don’t have to go to a gallery to experience art in this city, it’ll just jump out at you from the cracks and corners. That in itself is a beautiful thing.”
But he believes it’s more than just aesthetics.
“People can be confronted by art on [any given] day, like a stencil on a wall, and I think that it’s a really important role as street artists, to give people art in their everyday world.”
Lynch has been involved in the art scene for many years and the inspiration for his art came from his own use of discarded materials, turning them into creatures that can be found fixed to power poles throughout the streets of Melbourne. His work, Junkyprojects, began to stir up attention when people started to document sightings of these bits of junk art.
As part of the festival, workshops will be held to teaching various techniques of create artwork from bits of recycled trash. There will be a range of activities, including wall paintings by artists from around Australia and the world, guided tours of street art locations and a charity auction from artists’ work to raise and donate funds.
Sweet Streets is held from 8 to 24 October, at various venues across Melbourne.