165 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
The City of Hobart and City of Launceston
have both been exploring street art as a way to add vibrancy to the urban
environment and to deter graffiti, particularly in lane ways.
In Hobart, this involved partnering
with the Vibrance Festival in March to allow Tasmanian artists to create four
new works on walls within the city. Two pieces were painted on the wall of
businesses entered in the Tasmanian Heritage Register. The Tasmanian Heritage
Council provided certificates of exemptions for the art pieces, noting that the
painted pieces were confined to those areas of the walls which had been
previously painted; that the art itself would be maintained and were
semi-permanent in nature.
162 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Launceston’s City Heart Project has
a much broader focus, however street art has been used to enliven previously
under utilised spaces whilst works in other common meeting points are completed.
In 2017, a temporary installation in Dicky White’s Lane, also approved by the
Heritage Council, provided an area for visitors to the Quadrant Mall to relax while
major works were being completed in the mall itself.
Dicky White's Lane
As with all art, beauty is in the
eye of the beholder. And while pieces may initially be considered as transient,
or may not stand the test of time due to public opinion, others achieve a
status that suggests the need for retention.
This has been the case at the
Trinity Hill social housing complex in North Hobart. In its transformation from
a school to affordable housing accommodation for young people, graffiti from
the 1980s was retained both for its artistic accomplishment and as a piece of
history which fits seamlessly into the next chapter of the site’s story.