WESTY WEEK - HOW ART THOU, FOOTSCRAY
How ART thou, Footscray – a street art journey Words and photos - Kate Forsyth
Have I mentioned that I love living in Melbourne’s west? HAVE I? For the four people who haven’t heard me bang on about the delights of the inner west and Footscray in particular, you are about to get a huge dose of why Footscray is great and why everyone who is a legend (such as the readers of Melbourne Arts Club) should move here. Some reasons:
- It’s not boring
- It’s not full of hipsters. There are some –but you don’t feel self-conscious leaving the house without wearing a beard
- The food is stupendous
- People are nice
- There is a market where stall holders flirt with you so you’ll buy their discount cuts of pork
And there is art.
Kind street and general purpose artists have kindly littered their art around the place, to fill up boring walls, undersides of bridges, freeway pillons and algae filled ponds with their handy works.
Why so kind, I wonder?
There aren’t many other professions where people go round giving away their shit for free. For instance, I have never had my car serviced by a mechanic while in the local shopping centre car park. Nor have I witnessed the butcher handing out his best cuts of meat, willy nilly. Architects, to my knowledge, don’t usually build housing masterpieces just to be admired by passing persons. But kind artists paint miming bull dogs or attach paper cranes to walls or trace stencils that I can admire while going to the doctors surgery, which in Footscray, is also covered in street art, would ye believe?
I urge you to take a look around your local area for art that is most certainly there, and appreciate that some legend has decided to exhibit their work right under your nose, so that you might become all cultured just by being in its proximity. Thank you street artists.
Take a look at the below that I found on two trips around Footscray.