One thing I have noticed out and about in Fremantle is a predominant graffiti culture. It’s not really mentioned in any guidebooks but round every corner or down every dingey alleyway is an artwork waiting to be uncovered. I know graffiti can often be divisive, but I personally love it, especially when its done well. I’m not a fan of tagging – where’s the talent in writing your name on a wall? But lots of the graffiti in Fremantle (Freo) is intelligent, can be tinged with a bit of a political message or is just really aesthetically pleasing. I at least am of the opinion that they are art and not vandalism, as long as it's designated (the owner of the building is okay with it), it's not offensive and it clearly has had some thought gone into it.
One of Fremantle’s most iconic buildings, Woolstores, had undergone an artistic transformation. The heritage-listed 1927 building was designed with a series of colorbond panels which have been installed around the building, covering the many broken windows that the building has been known for. A team of local Perth street artists took part in painting murals along the doorways and over the boarded window areas along the ground level of the building.
The works can be seen anytime on the outside of the Woolstores building, which is on Cantonment Street in Fremantle.
Street art and graffiti blend into each other covering every inch of space.
When I first arrived in Perth, Western Australia from Singapore, Fremantle was the place I went to to do some urban exploring and scope out the street art scene. These are what I've found - magnificent pieces of art design in the Old Woolstore in Fremantle!
I guess in a derelict building such as this is one area where perhaps it can be condoned and perhaps even fostered as a way to get it off the streets. There is some serious talent in amongst some of these artists and they should have an area like this where they can explore their talents without defacing public and private property.
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