This is a lane way off a lane way in inner Melbourne. It's pretty easy to walk past this one and not even notice it. For such an isolated place it's pretty active as a street art venue though. There is a constantly changing array of art work that appears often overnight. This serves as a good reminder to the office workers like me that there are people who use these lane ways in a wide variety of ways.
For me the lane ways serve my purpose of getting from one place to another.To get to where I need to be. If I linger to have a coffee in one of the cafes or take the time to notice the street art it's like a bonus for me. It's not my sole purpose for being here. I'm just passing through.I don't really belong here.
Seeing the changing art works lets me know that there are people who inhabit this area for a very different purpose. To share their art work, to leave their mark, perhaps to gather with friends. For some it's much more than that, much closer to home. Homeless people can use these lane ways for shelter away from the harsh elements of Melbourne's changeable weather. They sometimes have signs asking for money, they sometimes are more likely to blend in amongst the workers.
The bins in this lane way remind us also that the lane ways are actually the back of the shops, where the main action is. They serve a purpose. They are a dumping place for rubbish. They can be a place for cafe workers to go to have some peace and quiet, or a sneaky cigarette.
There's one thing for sure - Melbourne's lane ways are one of the most active places in its built environment. Serving many of us in quite different ways. Meeting our needs in ways that may not have been imagined when the buildings appeared. They could have been quite inconsequential in the planning, a necessity in architecture. Now they take on a life of their own,adding to the vibrancy which is at the core of Melbourne itself.