Rutledge Lane reaches for the sky

Rutledge Lane reaches for the sky
Mark BaljakMarch 30, 2015

The second installment of the PaintUp! series has recently been completed, gracing Rutledge Lane within Melbourne's CBD. The larger than life mural in an altogether difficult area to spot, is the work of artist DVate and was completed with the help of high access machinery.

Best viewed from the adjoining multi-level car park, the work is the result of a City of Melbourne/Hosier Inc initiative which hopes to further activate the Hosier-Rutledge precinct. March 2014 witnessed the first PaintUp! take shape, which saw a mural of an Aboriginal boy created over the real of 161 Finders Lane.

Rutledge Lane reaches for the sky
PaintUp! round two

On a different note parts of Hosier Lane face an uncertain future with the approved Forum Theatre regeneration which includes a 107 metre mixed-use tower holding laneway frontage, subject to a legal challenge. With the tower 67 metres above the preferred but not binding height limit for the area, opponents believe the structure will have an excessive impact upon what is one of Melbourne's biggest tourist drawcards and historic low-rise precincts.

As reported during early March, the approved scheme was before a planning tribunal with an outcome expected to be made public in the not too distant future.

Rutledge Lane reaches for the sky
A quiet Sunday morning

View the image set below of what's new on and around Hosier and Rutledge Lanes.

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak was a co-founder of He passed away on Thursday 8th of November 2018 after a battle with cancer. He was 37. Mark was a keen traveller, having visited all six permanently-inhabited continents and had a love of craft beer. One of his biggest passions was observing the change that has occurred in Melbourne over the past two decades. In that time he built an enormous library of photos, all taken by him, which tracked the progress of construction on building sites from across metropolitan Melbourne.

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