Just a quick post to let people know about the protest that will be happening at Hosier Lane, Melbourne on Sunday the 4th of May at 2pm.
This is the facebook link for the event
And this is the facebook link for the group organising the protest and petition.
And the reason for such action?
The Forum Theatre has a planned redevelopment which would greatly alter that classic heritage building and also dramatically alter the landscape of Hosier.
While strictly not legal, the painting is condoned and has become a feature of Melbourne. Promoted by the city, it is a popular photo spot for weddings and tourists among others. Many awesome pieces have come and gone. But perhaps more importantly it has been a great spot for people to make contact with street art.
Maybe it was where you did your first piece? Or saw something that moved you? Did a street art tour down there? Visiting artists often want to get something up in Hosier. And as a meeting point, its a great spot to see whats new before wandering the town. There are also the shops and services that operate there too!
I think everyone involved in street art has a Hosier story or two. In recent history there has been some significant events. That wicked Adnate piece is a boomer. How about the ‘nursery blue’ repaint of neighbouring Rutledge. Of course the ‘All Your Walls’ event (I mentioned it in my previous post).
So what’s your story?
We would love to hear some. Hit us on the facebook page if you cant comment here.
Here’s one of mine. I had just finished spraying a multi layered stencil in Footscray when I thought I’d swing by Hosier and do a few paste ups before calling it a night. There was a bit of action as there was a queue for the Forum around the corner, Movida was busy and the “RIP Jill” piece was sprayed that night. I was discreetly pasting in a doorway when I realised I was being watched. A young kid, about 11 maybe, was checking out the Lane as his parents finished dinner. His first question was “What’s your tag?’ As we chatted I was happy to hear he was working on his letter styles with the tag ‘PRINCE’. It was great to hear his enthusiasm so I left him with a Two Cans paste up.
Times like that really reinforce for me what a great opportunity Hosier gives to people to get involved with art, artists and the wider community. So if it were to go or to be significantly reduced, where would similar opportunities come from?
It is time to add your voice to save Hosier!
And perhaps put forward a plan for further accessible legal areas to extend that opportunity even further?