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Burn City by Lou Chamberlain

Posted Oct. 29, 2017, 8:02 p.m. by T

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Burn City: Melbourne’s Painted Streets

Lou Chamberlain

Hardie Grant Travel

Lou Chamberlin is an artist, author and arts educator and has been writing about art for twenty years. Her interest in street art has been fuelled by living and working in Melbourne with its vibrant street art scene. Burn City is Lou’s fourth street art book, following Street Art: Melbourne, Street Art: Australia and Street Art: International.

I dig Melbourne– aka ‘Burn City’ –  and paying a visit is always something to look forward to, not just because it is internationally renowned for its street art, which can be provocative and controversial at times.

Burn City features artwork by both international and local artists including Adnate and Rone. Arranged thematically as diverse as The Face, Storytelling, Abstraction and Social Issues, the book presents a snapshot of the dynamic nature of Melbourne’s contemporary street art scene.

The nal chapter, Same Wall New Paint, highlights the ephemeral nature that is street art by documenting the evolving artworks appearing and disappearing on the same over several years.

With a foreword by David Hurlston, Senior Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Burn City is an inspirational force to get you pounding the pavement all over Melbourne for these evocative and often elusive works of art.

Melbourne is a vibrant and eclectic city, and its street art is now a major tourist attraction. Places like Hosier Lane regularly act as backdrops for wedding photos, and play host to school excursions, street art tours, artists, observers and documenters as well as the usual foot traffic of city life, all drawn there by its robust street subculture.

A well executed book that not only documents Melbourne rich history with street art, but amplifies it through its take on it and the angle it sheds light on.

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