On a bustling Thursday afternoon during our recent visit to Melbourne, Heidi and I ventured out in the CBD in search of a culinary delight. I don’t recall what we ate, but I do have fond recollection of our meeting with local street artist Ivan Allende.
Right in the midst of the lunchtime bustle of busy Swanston Street, we found Ivan seated on a milk crate, happily creating spraypainted works of Rock ’n’ Roll fan art. In an interesting example of recycling, artists Ivan Allende and his brother use old vinyl records as the canvas for their painted stencil works. After spending the past few years travelling around Australia sharing their art, the Chilean-born pair have now made their home in Melbourne with their families.
Ivan told us that perhaps one day he’ll consider exploring other canvasses to paint upon, but for the moment he’s very happy stencilling paintings onto records on the Melbourne streets. The records he recycles are not likely to make a vinyl collector gnash his or her teeth in horror: his choices lend toward the so obscure as to be undesirable, such as movie soundtracks for unsuccessful straight-to-DVD films. No prime collector items or hit records are harmed in his creations.
Heidi and I didn’t leave Ivan empty-handed. Not only were we the proud new owners of our own pieces of his works, (Bob Marley for Heidi, and Lennon for yours truly) but we also took with us that warm, happy feeling that comes from meeting and spending time with someone new and inspiring..
Have you met any inspiring street artists lately? Do you have any stories that you’d like to share? Please do! Street artists and musicians are an important part of our busy city street life, lending beauty and culture to the weekday hustle of commuters and tourists alike. The world would be a far less colorful place without them, don’t you think?
Rosemary, The Magenta Marauder