Melbourne street artists have begun to restore the iconic Hosier Lane in his ghetto.
Only a few days after a gang of fire extinguisher vandals uprooted the popular street, street performers returned to correct the mistakes.
Although the latest artwork may not meet the lofty standards that the course is known for worldwide, the renewed part of Hosier is back to its heyday, when digging the walls was simply downright illegal.
Street artists have reclaimed Hosier Lane while doing a not so subtle excavation in a shop along the strip
Vandals were caught spraying paint on street art along the iconic Hosier Lane
The police continues to hunt for Saturday’s vandals, which were on the camera with the walls of Hosier layered with paint.
It remains unclear what exactly was the reason for the attack, with many in the street art scene among the world believing that it was probably a blow to the commercial appeal of the street.
Painting the walls of Hosier is nothing new, but the gang crossed the line when it left a mess over the freestone road and footpath that remains the property of the city of Melbourne.
On Tuesday, the tags and illustrations began to cover up the mess of Saturday.
Although hardly appreciated works of art, the current harvest is already being picked up by hordes of tourists who have continued to follow the road.
Haters or Hosier Lane’s Culture Kings, with a doorway leading directly to the lane, have been targeting it since the weekend was drenched in paint.
Culture Kings caused indignation at the street art community when it invaded the trendy comic in 2018.
It happened when a street artist dared to paint a commissioned mural behind his shop.
The police were called and the artist was arrested.
The store quickly moved to appease the angry community and said it was all a big mistake.
Much of Saturday’s attack was centered around the trendy clothing store, which is at the Flinders Lane end of the line.
The scene of the paint disaster on Saturday already shows the traces of a new work of art
One of the new additions to Hosier Lane after it was attacked by a gang of art killers on Saturday
‘Culture Vulture’ now decorates the walls on either side of the entrance – Comedian Celeste Barber with the word ‘vulture’ splashed over a mural on her face.
It will be a temporary blemish, given the nature of the street.
People walking the track stopped to pose for selfies while tour groups passed by.
Some mocked the fact that the previous “work of art” had been replaced by “human names.”
Others laughed at the public protest for the supposed desecration of the street.
All-rounder from Australia Ellyse Perry, the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, posed for a selfie in front of a mural to promote the Women’s T20 World Cup tournament in Hosier Lane last week
New artworks appear on Hosier Lane just a few days after it was sprayed by a gang of fire extinguisher handling art critics
Earlier in the day before social media and selfie sticks, Hosier Lane became the target of children looking for a reputation on the street.
Although it is worshiped by suburban Melburnians and tourists, graffiti artists – who are called ‘graffiti vandals’ by the police – long ago lost their love affair with the place.
Melbourne street magazine Acclaim Magazine even went so far as to break it down.
“Stocking is not real, it is a toothless tiger, beautiful to look at and without any threat – and it has to go,” was an undated article.
“The current state of Hosier is terrible – quality work does not exist or disappears immediately, while swarms of paid street art tours and an endless sea of tourists flood the street.”
Thousands of tourists per day head to the small street, located along Flinders Lane between Russell and Swanston Street in the heart of Melbourne.
Artwork varies from politically motivated to downright ridiculous.
A tribute to the firefighters of Australia was sprayed on Hosier Lane after the tragic forest fires that devastated the country. It was untouched in Saturday’s attack
Tourists continued to travel along Hosier Lane on Tuesday, just a few days after much of the art was sprayed
There are no rules about who can and cannot contribute to the holy walls, but an inexperienced tagger would do well not to tick the real deal.
Despite what most may believe, spraying the walls along Hosier Lane has never been legal and never legal.
Melbourne’s Mayor Sally Capp told Daily Mail Australia that last weekend’s attack was “not in the spirit of Hosier Lane.”
“We see this act as vandalism, especially in view of the damage they have caused to the pavement and cobblestones.”
“Council contractors attended Hosier Lane this morning to clean the cobblestones and curbs.
Before: A wall painting for comedian Celeste Barber appeared along Hosier Lane after her fundraising for those affected by the recent forest fires. It was made illegible during last weekend’s attack
After: The mural now bears the word “Vulture” after street artists had reclaimed Hosier Lane at night
Images published on Sunday on Instagram showed at least ten people with face masks and paint-filled fire extinguishers that damaged the city road.
It is not surprising that nobody stopped to intervene in a city that has been gripped by mindless violence in recent years.
The Melbourne East police are investigating the attack and urging witnesses or individuals with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au