Burn City: Melbourne's Painted Streets
Melbourne - aka 'Burn City' - is internationally renowned for its street art. For more than twelve years Lou Chamberlin has been photographing its painted streets, capturing the most memorable pieces of this ephemeral art form and creating an ongoing record of the city's robust street subculture. These pages showcase the best of the city, including the 'burners' - the pieces so hot they're 'burning' off the wall.
Burn City features artwork by both international and local artists including Blender resident artists and alumni. The pieces have been divided into themes, including chapters called 'The Face', 'Fauna', 'Storytelling', 'Abstraction', 'Social Issues', 'Streetscape' and 'Same Wall New Paint', which documents the evolving artworks on the same wall over several years.
Cover image by stencil artist Manofdarkness (Blender alumni).
Lou Chamberlin is an artist, author and arts educator. For more than 10 years Lou has been photographing and chronicling Australian and International street art. Burn City: Melbourne's Painted Streets is the fourth book she has published. Lou's role in visually preserving the various forms of creative expression contributes to a greater appreciation of the significant part street art continues to play in the cultural life of Melbourne. She has been teaching and writing about art for 20 years.