Thursday, 3 August 2017

Abandoned Skating arena, Brisbane

In Red Hill, Brisbane lies an abandoned skating arena. Only a fraction of its former glory the building was deliberately burnt in 2002. The next door business Clovely Estate Cellar Door bought the site 2011 with the intention to re-develop it. Approval from council but later on objections from the public has held up any further development. The site remains a relic of the past built in 1920's. Progressively plants are establishing through accumulation of debris. The roof has all but completely burnt and the steel beams and slowly being encapsulated by vines.  
Internationally acclaimed graffiti artist Sofles from Brisbane


Melbourne graffiti crew "All city"




Sunday, 2 July 2017

Boronia

Boronia is a outer-eastern suburb located on the Belgrave train line. The train line and track-side walls have been essential in developing the graffiti culture. Previous historical events have played a major role in developing the graffiti landscape.

On the 4th of June 1952 a train hit a bus on the level crossing with 20 people injured and 13 killed. This accident potentially sparked action to address the issue of the level crossing. In 1998 the then Liberal Government removed the level crossing and created an underground train station. Boronia went from having no track-side walls to 1/2 a kilometre flat, blank, concrete, canvas. There's a distinctive set of pieces put up in the early 2000's. Progressively these piece have replaced, some remain. 





1998
http://www.westonlangford.com/images/photo/122937/


More track-side pieces.  
 The nost and lamb piece before they were capped. Its not surprising they were capped, when writers travel out of their area its hard for them to maintain their claimed spots, local writers always have the upper hand.
Source-
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/23182129

Nost, old news but still relevant

Apologies about the wait, more posts coming soon. For those who didn't hear about it Nost was caught. Its kind of surprising its taken this long, I'm sure he's got more than his fair share of cop chases. It doesn't even matter that he was caught, the damage was done.

One graffiti writer described graffiti as a game that you can be in the lead and never win. Nost was the closet to winning and leading the Melbourne scene purely on getting up, bombing and location of work.

The Age article
Notorious graffiti tagger Nost

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Brunswick Brickworks

On the corner of Brickworks drive and Dawson St in Brunswick lies the old Brunswick Brickworks. Also known as the Hoffman Brickworks patented brick and tile company (Hoffman referring to Prussian Frederich Hoffman) initially began in 1870 and operated until 1960. The company benefited and developed operations with assistance from the Melbourne Housing Boom 1870-1890.

During the 1890's several brickworks formed a co-operative to share work, regulate prices and quality. By the co-op reducing production of bricks, the prices increased. A Royal Commission into the brick-making industry alleged the co-op was responsible for high prices and poor quality bricks. The government set up a state run brick works in Thornbury in an attempt to create competition. This lasted for a short period with the state run brickworks undercutting Hoffmans, however its operations were later sold to private company Clifton Holdings.

Following which a depression in 1890 and to add to the struggle for survival was the post World War One Depression, which reduced the demand for bricks. In 1960 it was sold to Clifton Holdings and then to Nubrik where production ceased in 1993. Part of the site has been sold to developers in 1996. Other parts of the site have not been developed. The Hoffman Brickworks are listed on the Victorian Heritage Database. http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/172
This map shows the operation buildings and clay pits where the raw material was obtained onsite (now Clifton Park and Gilpin Park). Steam-power was used to transport the raw clay material to be shaped and then set by the coal kilns. 



Wall space for pieces is limited.

Psalm's  post on the Brickworks..
                        (Psalm's tag can be seen at almost any abandoned building in Melbourne)



There's loads of holes in the 2nd level so don't fall through
One of Melbourne's most prolific bombers, Pork




Disused Brickworks building on the left with the contrasting new apartments on the right.


Information on the Victorian Brick Industry 1826-1920

Urban Exploration video




What's next...

The blog was initially started to keep a documentation and start a conversation on the value of the graffiti and street art. Since its inception in 2014 the author has learnt more about the graffiti subculture through conversations with artists, vandals, and anybody that would listen or have an opinion on the topic. Much time has been spent viewing facebook pages, other blogs, media reports, websites, forums, videos, movies, documentaries and better still graffiti on a wall, wherever. The blog will continue to accumulate knowledge and will evolve and adapt to look at different facets of graffiti.

Whilst at its core the blog will be based on graffiti but will have a peripheral vision for the background history of sites where it occurs and other interrelated topics like politics, architecture, urban planning, socio-demographics, geography, climate, ecology, economics and much more. Significant graffiti information material exists online for places like Melbourne whereas Tasmania's graffiti culture is well under-represented online. This blog seeks to fill in some of those information gaps where possible.

For further information on graffiti message australiagraff@gmail.com

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Most Southern Street Art in Australia

50 minutes South of Tasmania's capital is a little town called Geeveston. Driving from Hobart you be welcomed by street art covering what would otherwise be plain steel objects. Here they are brought to life by artists like Odius and Seven (from IKOE crew, Incredible Knights of Enamel https://www.facebook.com/theikoecrew/). 
This is a great example of how street art can improve the local amenity. Surprisingly progressive work in what is a traditionally conservative town built on logging. 

From the late 1800's to now forestry has been a significant part of the town. More recently from 1962-1988 the major employer was the APM mill. In 1988 the mill closed with mounting debt. Geeveston became a ghost town during the 1990's and lost almost a whole young working generation. The town began a revitalization program spear-headed by locals.

In 2001 than premier Paul Lennon (see photo below) counteracted "the lack of jobs" by opening a 4.5 million dollar Tahune Airwalk. This was a step away from traditional source of income forestry, however ironically the company running it was and still is the controversial state owned Forestry Tasmania (responsible authority for earmarking forests for logging). In 1997 a Regional Forest Agreement between the state and federal government enabled a Victorian company to invest in Southwood timber mill. Now owned by Malaysian Timber company Ta Ann (to see more information about the company visit https://taann.wordpress.com/).

Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon (from 2004-2008) wanted forestry, conservation and tourism to co-exist. Forestry in Tasmania has regularly received priority over conservation due to perceived short term benefits like employment. The nature of the industry is unsustainable and detrimental to the ecological integrity of Tasmanian landscapes. 

Street Art projects like this one are essential for small regional towns to keep moving and adapting away from an unsustainable forestry industry. The regional community in Benella, Victoria has seen the potential benefits from Street Art and now holds an Annual Festival celebrating aerosol art. http://www.benallastreetart.com.au/







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Political Satire in Hobart of former Tasmanian Premier. For more info on Paul Lennon and allegations of corruption follow the link..