Monday, 14 January 2013

ARTEMIS LANE, CITY

Artemis, goddess of the moon, nature and the hunt, was the daughter of Zeus and Leto and one of the twelve Olympians of Greek mythology. This lane in the QV shopping centre in the City was named to acknowledge Melbourne's Greek Community, and in particular the presence of several Greek restaurants on Lonsdale Street, nearby.

Artemis Lane is one of the new lanes created for the QV shopping complex between Swanston, Russell, Lonsdale and Little Lonsdale streets. It runs east-west off Russell Street towards QV square. The creation of new lanes such as Artemis Lane represents a contemporary trend in corporate retail development. Rob Adams, director of design and urban environment for the City of Melbourne, claims: 'There's been a real recognition that as far as retail, culture and experience, the laneways are as important as some of the bigger developments and streets'.

These two murals are in keeping with the name of the lane and brighten un an otherwise sterile, concrete wall. There are some interesting shops in the lane, including the Flower Temple about which I have posted here before.

This post is part of the Monday Murals meme,
and also part of the Mandarin Orange Monday meme.











11 comments:

  1. The artist was very creative painting the archer. He has used the space well. The archer appears to be launching his arrow through a window.

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  2. It makes the archer a nicer place to walk by with these murals.

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  3. Painting the archer to overlap the ridge on the wall gives it a 3D effect.

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  4. Really cool, colorful murals, Nick! Great shots for the day! Have a great week!

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  5. Wonderful people come up with such thoughtful images. Please have a good Tuesday.

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  6. Interesting murals, and very nice work, I must agree with your director of design and urban development, those lane ways look like a vital part of making an area feel more human in scale.

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  7. Great use of otherwise ordinary space. Beautiful, clear photographs of this wonderful art too. Thank you for sharing them on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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  8. These murals literally brighten this laneway. Who wouldn't be cheered by giant daffodils nodding at passersby. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

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