For the first time MOS expands its horizon past Asia to down-under a few weeks back! The chosen city is Melbourne, well known worldwide for its strong and long history of Graffiti! Our girl P1xels was on hand to cover it.
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. The name “Melbourne” refers to the area of urban agglomeration spanning 9,900 km2 which comprises the broader metropolitan area, as well as being the common name for its city centre. Melbourne consists of 31 municipalities and has a population of 4.4 millions as of 2013. Its inhabitants are called Melbournians.
The Melbourne rail network is based on a commuter rail model rather than a rapid transit model, with a focus on services at peak periods. A rapid transit system for Melbourne is currently in planning stages.
Melbourne’s suburban railway network consists of 16 electrified lines, the central City Loop subway, and 207 stations, with a total length of 372 km of electrified lines. The suburban network operates between approximately 5:00 a.m. and midnight. In 2013–14 the rail network recorded 232 million passenger trips.
The spot is located pretty much downtown and contains sufficient wall-space. For various reasons – We have decided to keep locations unpublished until the completion of the event on Sunday – having said that – you KNOW where Melbourne’s iconic legal lanes are located – so come and find one of the friendly MOS reps who will be on-site and ask about more locations.
What's MOS about?
The “International Meeting of Styles” (MOS) is an international network of graffiti artists and aficionados that began in Wiesbaden, Germany in 2002. Brought together and inspired by their passion for graffiti, MOS aims to create a forum for the international art community to communicate, assemble and exchange ideas, works and skills, but also to support intercultural exchange. In the spirit of cooperation and promotion, since 2002 MOS has launched hundreds events in many countries across Europe, Russian Asia and the Americas. These events have sponsored thousands of Graffiti-Artists from all over the world and throughout the years have attracted hundreds of thousands spectators, providing a focal point for urban street culture and graffiti art in order to reach a larger community. The “Meeting Of Styles” as its name says, is a meeting of styles, created to support the netting of the international art-community. It is not meant to be a forum only for classical and traditional Graffiti-Artists and -Writers, but a podium to present all different types of urban art! This is why we are open for all types and styles.
How did all this start?
Early nineties the slaughter-place of the city of Wiesbaden was not in use anymore. Very soon it got discovered and established as a Graffiti-Hall-Of-Fame where artists could paint almost legal during day-time on thousands of square-meters surface. Mid nineties plans of the city-council got public to tear down the area, instead of re-cultivating the buildings. To resist the plans of destruction the “Int. Wall Street Meeting” was created in order to present the area as a melting-point of urban street-culture. Annually Graffiti-Artists from all over the world gathered in the spirit of collaboration and exchange, so during a weekend in summer the entire area got a new outlook, created by hundreds of artists. In the years from 1997-2001 more than 25.000 visitors from all over the world attended the events to join pure flavour of urban street-culture. Even though the event managed to delay the demolition for years, it was not possible to preserve the area.
How did it go on?
So in late 2001 the city of Wiesbaden started to destroy a worldwide known monument of Graffiti- and Mural-Art. Since then the area changed into a park with parking. To keep the spirit of the “Int. Wall Street Meeting” alive and to spread its message across Europe and the world, the “Int. Meeting Of Styles” was created in 2002. Since then, through the help of dedicated Graffiti-Artists and -lovers, the MOS has grown among many countries worldwide. The “Int. Meeting Of Styles”-Organisation is a non-profit-organisation formed by dedicated and passionate Artists and Art-Lovers who put a lot of work and engagement into the MOS. We as an organisation feel responsibility to work for unification and to resist a system that takes away freedom for order, control and profit. Politics affect us each and every day, locally and globally. Your consumption has a direct impact to the destruction and exploitation of our environment and the manipulation and enslavement of humanity. MOS is our contribution to raise consciousness. The key to freedom is knowledge and education.