BOOKS | Anyone who follows The City Lane on Instagram will be well aware of my affinity for street art, whether in my adopted hometown of Melbourne, one of the world’s street art capitals, or on my travels, I’m always seeking out great street art. Visually, street art often looks amazing, but there’s much more to it than aesthetic value. It’s a way for people to share their stories, be it social commentary, a tribute to a friend, or anything else they might want to convey.
Burn City, published by Hardie Grant, is a new book by Melbourne based artist, author and arts educator Lou Chamberlin, and is a culmination of her over twelve years of capturing the street art of Melbourne. Burn City is Lou’s fourth street art book, following Street Art: Melbourne, Street Art: Australia and Street Art: International. The book features both local and international artists, and is arranged thematically in sections such as The Face, Storytelling, Abstraction and Social Issues.
I especially like the section Same Wall New Paint, which documents the evolving artworks appearing and disappearing on the same walls over several years. Think Hosier Lane’s murals which change on an almost daily basis. If you’re a fan of street art, then Burn City is well worth a look. It will be available from all good book sellers from 1 December this year.