Melbourne Free Street Art Exhibition ACDC Lane and Duckboard Place
You may want to phone a friend to come with you down this particular lane-way. While the initial entry off Flinders Lane is fairly user friendly, the back area behind restaurants and bars has a somewhat foreboding atmosphere.
ACDC Lane is the black sheep in the commissioned lane-way street art family. It has a somewhat abandoned feel to it, q neglected idea that once was, with torn posters and faded advertisements peeling off the walls line the street. However there are some beautiful pieces to be seen and is still well worth a visit.
Following ACDC Lane around the bend will find you on Duckboard Place. These two lane-ways join together in a city street u-bend.
Duckboard Place has a far less abandoned atmosphere surrounding it, even though it is only one street down from ACDC Lane.
Like many of Melbourne’s laneways, AC/DC lane has had an interesting recent past. Re-badged from the oh-so-droll ‘Corporation Lane’ in 2004, the eponymous street had Melbourne two-fold sighing in ‘they've done it again’ exasperation before realizing that – wait, what – what’s AC/DC go to do with Melbourne?
Yes, that’s right. You know the video clip to the legendary hard-rock song It’s a Long Way to the Top? The one where they legendarily rock out down a street on the back of a flattop truck? Well, that street is Swanston Street, circa 1975.
But that means we name a lane after them? It feels a little, well, Sydney. This is Melbourne — we’re quietly, not loudly proud of our success; celebrities here aren't celebrated, they’re just one of us that made it big. Re-appropriating a lane to honor a band — no matter how great — feels tacky, and distinctly un-Melbourne.
Nevertheless, here we are. With generous thanks to the scatter-gun approach of the City of Melbourne’s PR agency, and in the tradition of the star-lined Dame Edna lane, Melbourne has added AC/DC lane to her collection — whether she wanted it or not.