Swanston Street is a major thoroughfare in the centre of Melbourne, Australia. It is historically one of the main streets of central Melbourne, laid out in 1837 as part of the Hoddle Grid, the layout of major streets that makes up the central business district. It is named after Captain Charles Swanston, a Tasmanian banker and prominent member of the Port Phillip Association.
Swanston Street runs roughly north to south, between Elizabeth Street to its west and Russell Street to its east. The street runs through the middle of Melbourne's city centre, just to the east of the centre of the rectangular Hoddle Grid. To the south, it crosses the Princes Bridge over the Yarra River before becoming St Kilda Road. As it runs north and leaves the CBD, it passes the University of Melbourne, and ends at the Melbourne General Cemetery.
The scenes here are at the Northern end of the City grid, opposite the State Library. It's always busy here and while some people dislike having their photo taken, the red-headed young man whom I don't know approached me and asked me to take his photo! Some fo the street art is functional - the sunflower bench - while other art is inspired by Australian Aboriginal designs - the ruby map.
This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme.