With a quick stop in Melbourne to help a mate from my London days celebrate his 40th birthday this weekend, Kirsten and I had a bit of spare time to wander the various streets and lane ways of the city centre finding little hidden gem coffee shops, cafes, bakeries, patisseries and more.

Of particular interest to me was a visit to Melbourne's famed Hosier Lane, a popular urban art strip located opposite the Atrium at Federation Square.

Filled with scores of vibrant graffiti pieces, artistic and often political in nature, the lane way was buzzing with both pro and budding artists, youth program participants, photographers, tourists and interested onlookers alike – all exposed to the sweet chemical scent of aerosol pigment wafting through the narrow urban space.

The various canvased that line Hosier Lane are constantly changing and being sprayed over with new and interesting works of art, so there's ALWAYS an excuse for poking your head in and checking out what's going on.

Melbourne Street Sculpture

Arriving at the corner of Swanston and Bourke Streets, we came across another example of Melbourne's bounty of public art in the form of the quirky "Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle" bronze sculpture, by Alison Weaver and Paul Quinn.

...and around the corner, street performer(s) doing their best to appear as a piece of public art.

And one more...

Shot down on the beaches of St Kilda, I just love this minimal but moody beauty. Hope you like it too.

Stay beautiful Melbourne. I'll be back soon.

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