Melbourne's 86 tram route as a giant open air gallery of street art


Melbourne, Australia is internationally known for its street art and its trams. Melbourne Street Art 86 imagines Melbourne's 86 tram route as though it were a giant open air gallery of street art with its own regular tram service. The pages in the dark blue side bar below have photos of street art by the suburbs the tram passes through. Locations are noted by tram stop, street location and also on maps of the area that can be downloaded or printed. Other Melbourne suburbs rich in street art are also featured.

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FITZROY - Gertrude St

Melbourne Street Art on the 86 Tram Route: Fitzroy

Note: Click on any image to see an enlarged version

The Fitzroy section of the 86 tram route commences at stop 12 and finishes at stop 15. Although it is one of the shortest sections of the 86 route featured here, it is one of the richest areas for street art. Most of the street art in the Fitzroy leg is located along, or in, lane ways and streets that lead off Gertrude Street but some is in off street areas.

As you progress down the page, the photographs commence at the west end of Gertrude street near where the 86 tram turns right from Nicholson Street and finishing just shy of the east end of the street, where the 86 tram turns left into Smith Street.

A pdf version is available here: Melbourne Street Art 86 - Fitzroy street art locations map

A 12 page pdf abridged version of this web page, together with the map above, is available here to download or print: Melbourne Street Art 86 - Fitzroy mini guide and street art locations map

I have featured the majority of the works on this part of the route, but not all and the selections are based on what appeals to me. It is well worth making your own explorations to see what you can discover and might like. Street artworks do get replaced or removed sometimes, so what you see here as of January 2013 may be different in some instances at a later date.

I will add artists names if they are known as I discover them or if others let me know.

1.  Alley just before Brown Couch Bar
86 Tram Stop 12 (Melbourne Museum). Cross the road following the right turn of the tram tracks and walk down Gertrude Street.

Artists: AWOL Crew

The same location in 2009

2. Corner Gertrude and Fitzroy Streets
86 Tram Stop 13 (Brunswick Street)

Artists: Rone and Wonder

Other locations connection point -  Fitzroy:  Fitzroy Street, Brunswick Street and Rose Street

Though not part of the main tour of street art on the 86 tram line, you can if you wish continue up Fitzroy Street and see a large number of street art locations on the street itself, on streets that cross Fitzroy Street and lead to Brunswick Street or to the west, and also on Rose Street. 

The street art in these locations is featured on the Other locations - Fitzroy page. 

3. Marion Street (Left turn going north up Fitzroy Street)
86 Tram Stop 13 (Brunswick Street)

Artists: Twoone, Ghost Patrol

4. Young Street (South side)
86 Tram Stop 13 (Brunswick Street) or Stop 14 (Napier Street)

There are two extensive pieces opposite one another on this street.

South east side

Artists: Makatron, Phibs, Vato, Gore

South west side

5. Little Napier Street
86 Tram Stop 13 (Brunswick Street) or Stop 14 (Napier Street)

This is on the left a little way down Little Napier Street and runs between it and Napier Street, which is the next location.

On the right

Artist: Shida

On the left most the way down

On the right

Artists: Michael Fikaris and Ghostpatrol

6. Napier Street (North side)
86 Tram Stop 14 (Napier Street)

Artist: Twoone

Below you can just see a hint of the work that used to be here. If you look on Google Street View you can often see older works in the same location as most of their images of this area were taken in 2009 and a lot has changed since then.

7. Little George Street
86 Tram Stop 14 (Napier Street)

Artists: Dscreet, Reka and Phibs

Artist: Reka

Artist: Dscreet

This is about 100m further down Little George Street, past a parking area.

This is going back in the direction we started towards Gertrude Street.

8. George Street
86 Tram Stop 14 (Napier Street)

South side of Gertrude Street

'Delkuk Spirits' - Artist: Kelly Koumalatsos

North side of Gertrude Street on rear of building on south west corner

9. Little Smith Street (south side)
86 Tram Stop 15 (Gertrude Street | Smith Street)

Further down on the right

Artist: Birdhat

10. Little Smith Street (north side)
86 Tram Stop 15 (Gertrude Street | Smith Street)

There is a lot of street art throughout the length of Little Smith Street, which runs parallel with Smith Street itself.

Smith Street is featured in the following COLLINGWOOD - Smith Street page, and as Little Smith Street ends at Webb Street, a Smith Street sidestreet, I could have added much of the works following to the Collingwood page.

I have put them here, as the Collingwood page and map were getting rather crowded, they are in any case, technically located in the suburb of Fitzroy, which commences on the west side of Smith Street.

Act of Creation: Corner of Gertrude Street and Little Smith Street

The artwork that was on this corner in January 2013 is shown in the three photos below. Further dated photographs show the progress as it is replaced by a new work after being defaced and damaged. The rest of Little Smith Street follows, travelling north.

8 January 2013

Artist (next three photos): Reka

16 February 2013

17 February 2013

18 February 2013

20 February 2013

2 March 2013

19 October 2013

Unfortunately the replacement piece has suffered the same fate as the work it replaced. The throw ups here, although careless and crude in execution were added with appropriate care to ensure complete destruction of any enjoyment of the artwork beneath. 

On the right

Further down on the right

Artist: Reka

Artist: Ruskidd

Artists: Mishap & Simz

Artists: Twoone, Ghost Patrol

The Webb Street entrance of Little Smith Street seen from lane across the road (see location 5 on Melbourne Street Art 86: Collingwood page)

Just after (the Gertrude Street entrance) to this street the 86 tram turns left into Smith Street. The street art located along the Smith Street leg of the route can be found in the Melbourne Street Art 86: Collingwood page.

11. Corner Gertrude Street and Smith Street
86 Tram Stop 15 (Gertrude Street | Smith Street)

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