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Down memory lane

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 27 February 2014 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Cool street art in a laneway behind the Ainslie Shops. I grew up in this area and currently live not far away.

Canberra draws much of its character from its suburban shops. Ainslie has one of the oldest neighbourhood centres. The idea of a local community focus is still crucial to the planning of our suburbs. You will often find shopfronts facing or surrounding a small plaza area with shade trees and public art. Places such as Ainslie typically offer a small supermarket, café, restaurant and perhaps a wine bar. You can also expect to find a pharmacy and one or two other services.

The challenge for these local centres is to compete with the mega shopping malls. As a result, in the suburbs, there are empty stores and even derelict places. However, on the positive side, other local sites have revitalized their appearance. Just try and find a car space in one of the more popular spots!

A recent idea has also been Parties at the Shops. It was the focus for a series of mine last year - as you can see here.

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Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

I love the mural!

27 Feb 2014 5:57am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Stunning street art nicely captured with the guy walking past. I remember your series on the shop parties it sounds a great way to breathe life back to the neighbourhood

27 Feb 2014 6:36am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent shot

27 Feb 2014 7:48am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

The lengths people go to create these murals are most impressive, what a work of art.

27 Feb 2014 8:06am

Amir Golipour from Tehran, Iran

Beautiful surreal

27 Feb 2014 8:07am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Avec le personnage qui passe quel dessin sur cette façade sueprbe compo.
Belle journée

27 Feb 2014 8:18am

Captain Guildive Ajoupa from Saint Nazaire Loire Atlantique, France

Très belle fresque.Bonne journée.

27 Feb 2014 8:18am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Nicely captured! Superb POV and I love the colors.

27 Feb 2014 8:22am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Très belle cette composition!j'aime++++

27 Feb 2014 9:42am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendid graff, superb colors.

27 Feb 2014 10:31am

michel creze from le havre, France

Superbe et poétique ce graff !!! belle composition !!

Beautiful and poetic that graff! beautiful composition!

27 Feb 2014 11:11am

Devi from Chennai, India

Lovely image !! Love the shadow of the powerline..the curve of the road......Beautiful mood here:)

27 Feb 2014 11:19am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful composition, colors, lighting & shadows!

27 Feb 2014 11:42am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Poetic title and excellent composition!

27 Feb 2014 11:54am

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Magnifique street art !.... j'adore.)

27 Feb 2014 1:07pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Superb framing. Fantastic capture in beautiful colors. Thanks for the presentation. I prefer local centers to mega shopping mall, because there could be more chances to feel kindnesses of people.

27 Feb 2014 1:28pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful art !

27 Feb 2014 1:31pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful art to make this building really stand out! Unfortunately this story is repeating itself around the world as small proprietors try to match the sheer buying power of the mega stores! Nicely captured Stephen! ;-)

27 Feb 2014 1:35pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wonderful art on the building.

27 Feb 2014 2:54pm

fereshteh. from Iran

beautiful art !

27 Feb 2014 3:43pm

farideh from rasht, Iran


27 Feb 2014 5:49pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

The mural is beautiful - what a lovely way to spruce up a dull area.

27 Feb 2014 6:17pm

franz from Baden, Austria

cool murals indeed! hope to see this myself next year ... a trip to down under is in the planning process ... ;-)

27 Feb 2014 7:08pm

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Magnifique fresque murale en dépit de la présence de la poubelle! A en juger par son ombre portée, le climatiseur rêve de devenir une poubelle à son tour!
Bonne fin de journée!

27 Feb 2014 8:42pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb streetart on this wall ! Beautiful !

27 Feb 2014 8:56pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Attractive and creative mural on the building; interesting information on the area! Love it!

28 Feb 2014 12:47am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I really like the painting on the building. It is so sad when the small stores have to give way to the big shopping complexes. Not far from my house was a hardware store where they had everything. If you had a question, they knew the answer. A Home Depot was built not far from the hardware store and it put them out of business.

28 Feb 2014 1:05am

Basile Pesso from Barcelona, Spain

Superb mural, composition and slight shadow...

28 Feb 2014 1:33am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A beautifully-designed mural with great colors!!

28 Feb 2014 1:52am

L'angevine from Angers, France

oh quel regard sauveur

28 Feb 2014 3:57pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A super shot of the super art. Hiroshima seemed to be setup in a similar fashion. Each neighborhood had some sort of grocery and other shops within walking distance. The bigger malls were set apart. Since I had no car, this was very convenient.

28 Feb 2014 11:30pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

This is great documentation of what some of the areas of Canberra have become for the "Where you Live" theme. I like that you added the link to your "Parties at the shops" photos.

10 Mar 2014 3:51pm

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

I discovered your pic on the Theme Where I live ...... and my memory went back ....... Ilived in Chifley and worked in Ainslie for three years. - I used to go shopping in the little shopping centre and can remember --- a meat shop where they still had the sawdust on the floor and the butcher would cut you the meat the way you wanted it ......... Iam sure - the shop is not there anymore. - I cannot remember the street name where I worked.
Thanks for bringing back my mind to memory lane.
Kind Regards Monika

11 Mar 2014 10:46am

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