Street art can be seen all around our city. We can see it covering countless signal boxes, bridges and walls all over Brisbane.
Street Art can be a misjudged form of art and is commonly labelled as vandalism or graffiti. Much of the Street Art we see around our city has been commissioned for a variety of reasons.
I chose to investigate Brisbane's Street Art as part of my art trail. I was lucky enough to have with me my aunt who is an avid photographer and was able to capture much of the art. Below I have included a selection of my favourite pieces that we came across.
Prior to undertaking the walk, I was unaware of the extent of work that could be seen in Brisbane. I was thoroughly intrigued by the uniqueness of each image, no two pictures were the same and the fact that you could clearly see that each artist had utilised different techniques to achieve their final product. Many of the images contain a message, whether it be political or social.
I further researched some pieces such as Mimi's work for Minimal Intervention Wines and the pieces along Merivale Street. The piece for Minimal Intervention Wines demonstrates the four stages of biodynamic wine production - Grow, Harvest, Produce and Drink (Thomas, 2017).
The pieces along Merivale Street were painted as part of the Pillars Project in preparation for the G20 Summit that took place in 2014. One of the most moving pieces is Guido van Helton's piece of an Indigenous Australia, due to the colours utilised and the facial expression of the person depicted. As his contribution to the project, Fintan Magee replicated a mural of his that had been removed. This image commemorates the Brisbane floods (Hazlehurst, 2014).
The Brisbane City Council has established several initiatives to brighten the streets of Brisbane with street art. Such initiatives include Brisbane Canvas and Artforce. Much of the work viewed was created as part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival. These initiatives provide artists with an opportunity to express their ideas and communicate with the wider community.
Photo Credit: Tricia Rawson, 2017
You can view her other photographs on her Flickr page
Hazlehurst, S. (2014, October 29). Outside: The Pillars Project - Brisbane. Retrieved April 26, 2017, from The Opening Hours: http://theopeninghours.com.au/2014/10/29/thepillarsproject/
Thomas, A. (2017, March 8). Minimal Intervention Wines through Mimi's eyes. Retrieved April 25, 2017, from Wandering Cooks: http://wanderingcooks.com.au/minimal-intervention-wines-through-mimis-eyes/