27 Feb, 2019 — Melbourne and Graffiti Street Art Locations —
If you are a lover of street art, Melbourne can be a great destination for you. Among other great things, Melbourne has world class street art. Even if you are not a big fan of graffiti, your visit to Melbourne will be incomplete without visiting some graffiti hot spots. In fact, Melbourne is known for individuality and creativity and many places even have their own graffiti art indoors or in their homes! In this post, we will show you some great places in Melbourne where you can enjoy world class street art.
Melbourne has many street art laneways, and hosier Lane is one of the most famous. This laneway is a great example of street art, and tourists from many countries come to see this cobbled stone lane. Here you will find murals and other types of graffiti. From grates to stairwells, everything there is adorned. Visitors like this lane for another reason: this is a great place for taking selfies.
This little laneway is situated between Lonsdale Street and Little Bourke. History was born on this lane. This is the birthplace of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, an internationally acclaimed music fest. You may not find the graffiti along this lane bold and substantial, but you will come across some amazing pieces here and there. To many people, Melbourne is known for artistic and underground things, and Caledonian Lane will show you this face of the city.
This dark, grungy and fabulous lane is lined with some cafes, and people gather there drinking coffee and wine. You will find a lot of street art in Degraves Lane, a reminder of Diagon Alley. This fantastic streetscape can be enjoyed while walking along the street or sitting on a chair. There are some good cafes and bars, and you will like their services. If you are a lover of street art, this place will amaze you.
This long and narrow laneway is situated in the middle of the main shopping precinct of CBD, and it connects Little Collins Street with Bourke Street Mall. Numerous beautiful graffiti fill the lane. You can spend some quality art here walking along the lane and admiring the work of a Melbourne artist. But don't limit yourself to the streets of Melbourne. Sure the streets are probably the best place to explore and discover amazing street. However there are many pubs, bars, shops and even some suburban homes have graffiti artist Melbourne add some exciting wall murals to liven up the atmosphere and give that taste of street style art indoors. So if it's not a great day to go walking around the streets, pop into somewhere more cosy and you'll likely still experience some graffiti art and knowing Melbourne's weather you'll be able to walk the streets again after a quick drink.
AC/DC is a famous rock band, and this lane is named after the band. This is another street art lane, and you must check it out if you go to Melbourne. In the area, there are plenty of bars and cafes, so you will enjoy drinking a cup of coffee and admiring the art. If you want to have a cocktail or a craft beer, you will not have to go far. There are some good bars down the laneway. Even if you are not a huge fan of AC/DC, do not forget to pay tribute to this band by visiting this lane.
Rutledge Lane is another lane within Hosier Lane itself. You can wander through this crescent shaped lane and reach Hosier Lane through it. If your goal is to enjoy street art, you must visit this lane. Rutledge Lane’s impressive street art will make you happy in no time. A few years ago, the walls of Rutledge Lane were covered over, and soon they were filled up again by street artists. Looking at some of the walls, you will wonder how the artists reached such heights of the walls.
Finlay Alley is another great place to enjoy street art. This alley is situated between Queen Street and Lonsdale Street. Although this alley is not visited by many tourists, you will find some excellent murals and street art here. Located between Elizabeth Street and Queen Street, this alley was named after contractor John Finlay in 1870. Check out this place when you are on your street art tour.
There are heaps more locations to view graffiti art all around Melbourne and it's best to go and explore yourself. Get lost in the backstreets and laneways of Melbourne and you will surely see some fantastic street art. Even if you pop into some bars or restaurants you will notice graffiti art on some of the walls!Read more...
17 Feb, 2019 — Things to Know About Copyrights in Street Art —
In recent years, copyrights in art have been hotly debated all over the world, partly due to suits against Terry Gilliam and American Eagle. The nature of copyright law is often slippery, and you are left wondering whether your act infringes on a copyright. Unfortunately, when it comes to copyright, it is not very easy to answer your questions. As a rule of thumb, if you use artwork without permission, it will not be considered an infringement. But in some cases, your use of an artwork may be considered an infringement. Whether you are a dealer of graffiti art or you are planning to buy some graffiti art, here are some important things you should know:
Street art can be copyrighted
Whether an artwork is a tiny scribble or a huge mural, it can be copyrighted if it contains some level of creativity. As soon as it is fixed in a tangible medium, it automatically becomes copyrighted. You have to know only two things to determine copyrightability of something.
Firstly, it can not be a copy of another person’s artwork. It must be a product of the artist’s creativity. For example, if you make a list of some phone numbers, the list can not be copyrighted, because you do not need to use your creativity to make the list.
Secondly, the work must be fixed in a tangible medium. It should exist for more than a transitory moment. A photograph, musical recording, text or a painting exist for more than a transitory moment. So, they can be copyrighted. Artists paint murals on a concrete wall, and that is why murals can be copyrighted.
Graffiti may or may not be copyrighted
While “street art” refers to sanctioned or commissioned artwork, “graffiti” refers to illegally placed images. Some argue that copyright protection should not be given to an artwork that has been illegally placed on a property. Some people think that governments should incentivise graffiti, because painting graffiti is a useful art. Since graffiti is often regarded as vandalism, some people think that graffiti artists should not be rewarded for this act.
But a work of art can be illegal and creative at the same time. According to the law, there is no distinction between graffiti illegally painted on street walls and original work that you find in the museum. At the same time, the law does not want artists to profit from their illegal activities. As a result, the copyrightability of graffiti is still a matter of debate.
To have a copyright, a graffiti artist does not need to register with the copyright office
But it is always a better idea to register anyway, because a registration will make sure that there is no chance of infringement. If you have a registration, you will find it easy to defend your point when the situation requires you to show a copyright registration. If things go wrong and the infringer is unable to pay the legal fees, the copyright office may have to pay you statutory damages, and the amount of the money may be up to $30,000 per infringement.
The owner of the wall can rip it down if you also do not own the wall
That means you may not own that particular copy of the work even if you own a copyright. Yes, you can reproduce the work, but the owner of the wall may claim some right to the work because he may own the paint of the work. To save you from this problem, there is an act that allows you to prevent intentional distortion or destruction of the work.
In Melbourne, there are many mural artists who sell their works at excellent prices. If you want to purchase some graffiti art for your home, these artists can help you make an informed decision. But before you decide to purchase mural art, knowing a bit about its copyright is helpful.Read more...
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