City Of Melbourne Officials Have Called The Cops On The Hosier Lane Paintbombing

City of Melbourne officials, including Lord Mayor Sally Capp, have formally referred the paintbombing incident in the iconic Hosier Lane to police, as investigations into just who was behind the incident and why it was committed ramp up.

Earlier, footage of the paintbombing emerged, showing a group of men wearing masks descending on the iconic street art mecca and almost completely covering it with paint; the group using fire extinguishers loaded with paint to spray across the laneway’s walls while a small film crew captured their efforts.

The incident was also filmed by bystanders at around 7:30pm on Saturday evening, and has since been shared across social media.

In a short media press conference earlier this afternoon, Mayor Capp asserted that the City had registered a complaint with Victoria Police, claiming that damage done to the laneway’s cobblestone pavements was “significant.”

On social media, Capp went further, calling the incident an “act of vandalism,” and stated that the act was “not in keeping with the spirit of Hosier Lane.”

This afternoon, police officers were spotted exiting Culture Kings, which is located in the laneway itself. Police officials also confirmed via statement that an official investigation was underway.

The statement confirmed that “a criminal damage incident” was being investigated, and urged anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

It’s worth noting here that this isn’t the first time something like this has taken place. In 2013 artist Adrian Doyle painted the entire Rutledge Lane, which connects to Hosier Lane, in blue paint, in a project that was not only spurred on by the corporately-funded Street-At-As-Advertisement phenomena which has again become a more prominent feature of Hosier Lane in recent years, but in a project that actually had City Of Melbourne backing.

The project was designed as a “reset” of the laneway’s art culture, was aimed at encouraging new artists to step up and fill the suddenly blank spaces, and even included painting ground-level surfaces, including pavement and cobblestones.

This most recent act in Hosier Lane, however, is a much more sinister, criminal. At least as far as City of Melbourne officials – who, unlike the 2013 project, did not permit it – are concerned.