Melbourne’s city laneways are full of surprises… in addition to all the gorgeous little shops, cafes and bars popping up in every spare centimetre of grubby back-alley realestate, the Laneways Commissions project encourages local artists to exhibit artwork and create site-specific installations just waiting to be discovered by the inquisitive passer-by…

I just stumbled across this one last week in Cocker Alley (just off Flinders Lane, at the rear of the Nicholas Building). The drainpipes are entirely covered in gold leaf… God knows how they painted the ones right at the top. I hope it involved a cherry-picker and not some kind of gravity-defying climbing act.

The installation is entitled Welcome to Cocker Alley, by Bianca Faye and Tim Spicer, and as the plaque says, “can be viewed from 15th of August 2008, until it dissolves completely over the following year”.