From my recent bicycle galavanting around my home in Melbourne, Australia, here are some of the sights that have caught my eye. Many pretty, gritty (and sometimes shitty) artworks reside in tucked away alleys, or obscured through windows, or high up above the eye level of pedestrians too busy to look upwards. Self-expression is pasted, sprayed and splashed on almost every wall, which is one of the reasons that I adore my city.

From this angle, he’s strumming the telephone wires:

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From this angle, he’s trying to get his shoes back:

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TV on the street:

Stray TV

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An Australian icon in art:

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This web rainbow is from my backyard (it was the size of a large coffee table).

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A frocked-up tree.

Lacy tree

There is no graffiti on this wall (respect).

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I found some abandoned books down a gritty alley way. Bill Bryson: score.

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My thoughts exactly:

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Author’s bio: Torre DeRoche faced her fear of the ocean by island hopping across the Pacific for two years aboard a humble boat with a man she met in a bar. She has written a book titled Swept – Love With A Chance Of Drowning. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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27 Response Comments

  • Kim  April 21, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Beautiful photos… love the guy strumming the wires (or reaching for his shoes)

    • Torre DeRoche  April 21, 2011 at 4:20 am

      I didn’t notice those details until I took the shots!

  • Sheryll  April 21, 2011 at 4:03 am

    GORGEOUS! The tree with the crochet decoration is stunning. I’d love to do an art project like that!

    • Torre DeRoche  April 21, 2011 at 4:20 am

      If you like it then you should’ve put some lace on it, oh oh oh.

      • Raymond  April 23, 2011 at 3:54 am

        LMAO…I love doily humour.

  • crazy sexy fun traveler  April 21, 2011 at 4:44 am

    cool stuff 🙂

  • Raghav  April 21, 2011 at 5:32 am

    Great post. Melbourne is my favorite city and one in the world where I could live leaving aside my home city. Beautiful photographs as well. Cheers!

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  • jill- Jack and Jill Travel The World  April 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Neat pics. Love the frocked trees – it says a lot about the neighborhood.

  • Debbie Beardsley  April 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    These random photos were great! The different angles on the first couple pictures were really amazing.

  • Katherina  April 22, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I had heard a lot about Melbourne’s street art, and am still hoping to explore it by myself some day. I love the frocked up tree – what an original idea!

  • Tijmen  April 22, 2011 at 7:11 am

    This looks great, especially love the frocked-up tree and the guy reaching for his shoes. They should do things like this more often in other cities as well.

  • Camels & Chocolate  April 22, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I’m dying to go to Melbs. Aussies get so mad at me when I talk about my love for Sydney. “But you’ve never been to Melbourne before! It is SO much better.” For now, I think there is room in my heart for two Australian cities =)

  • The Rhythm Method  April 23, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Love this, and it reminds me of the way a child must look at their world. This morning we drove to town and my 4 year old said “Look mum, there’s shoes hanging from the power lines! Someone very tall must have put it there …” He sees the world like this all the time – and questions it – yet often we don’t. Thanks for sharing.

  • Pete | Hecktic Travels  April 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Beautiful photos, and total score on the abandoned Bryson book, well done!

  • Mo  April 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Love the trees & a better class of graffiti altogether. The web too is sensational reckon I go round with eyes shut!

  • Lorna - the roamantics  April 25, 2011 at 10:29 am

    those are some gorgeous photos torre! great eye. i think what i like most about this post though, is that it illustrates how in the moment you are while out and about. love the guy reaching for the wire and how a change in perspective makes his intentions/actions entirely different. deep! 🙂

  • Amy  April 30, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Beautiful! I like graffiti! Especially when it’s well done! Looking through my pics, I can usually tell which city I’m in because the graffiti is memorable for me.

    I think some of the best (and most unusual since it’s not common in the city) was in Istanbul. 🙂 In Cluj, Romania, there is a giant yellow fish cartoon painted in several places across the city. Each time we ran into one, we’d pose and kiss it for a photo! 🙂 In Brussels, the city is covered with murals of Tin-Tin, the children’s cartoon character. So sweet.

  • Seattle Dredge  May 6, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Love all of this! That tree is amazing

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  • James Cook  August 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I really liked the lacy tree and the spider. We are looking at moving to Melbourne in a few months so it will be great to see these in person!

  • alanna  November 15, 2011 at 4:10 am

    So I’m new to your blog and I don’t know how your comments work or if you will ever get this since you are now fancy and famous with a book and movie deal (congrats!), but I’m going to give it a shot anyway.

    I’m been thinking about moving to Melbourne (from NYC) from a long time now. Some days it’s a done deal and I’m exciting and other days I’m apathetic and yet other days I’m terrified that it just won’t be a good fit. I clearly have a lot of life issues, but there is a reason for the comment. Here goes: I have a paralyzing, irrational fear of spiders (and many other creepy critters). No exaggeration – irrational, but panic-attack-inducing fear where I loose all control and start hysterical crying. Will I be able to survive in Australia? Is it stupid to move to a country where I could be forced to exist in an anxiety filled state every moment of my existence or is it stupider to never travel because of spiders? Are the spiders really that bad because my issues are.


    • Torre DeRoche  November 15, 2011 at 5:45 am

      Hi Alanna, I’m not sure I can answer this one. It’s not good to have a fear that holds you back, but if it’s paralyzing and you feel you have no control over it, you may need to get help before you confront it head on. A psychologist could work with you in a number of different ways to help you overcome this.

      The spiders aren’t that bad here (in the city). I don’t see them every single day. But during the summertime, we get the occasional huntsman spider on the wall. They’re pretty harmless, but they’re big (palm-sized) and they move quickly. Those suckers make most people hysterical.

  • Bohemian Trails  December 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I would love to visit Melbourne! plus, I’m a huge street art fan and these pictures look pretty awesome.

  • Kristina  April 4, 2013 at 3:51 am

    yes yes yes! that is why i love melbourne as much as i do!
    great shots!!! kristina x

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  • AlicevstheWorld  December 8, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I have to admit that I’m not a huge person for art but I love these photos! Those are some seriously fun artwork!


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