Melbourne footpath enthusiast Dimitrios Kianidis took the photographs for todayâ€™s post
I have found another person who likes to keep his camera pointing downwards â€“ or at least, he has found me through the Pavement graffiti website. When Dimitrios Kianidis posted a comment on this site in 2011 he had already self-published a book called Footpath graffiti: Coburg & Brunswick. It contains nearly 400 photographs, mostly inscriptions in wet concrete. Leafing through them is like reading a funny little book of very short poems. Dimitrios wanted to capture the social commentary scratched in concrete. â€œMost are so-and-so loves so-and-so,â€ he tells me, â€œBut there are other messages and drawings as well. My favourites are:Â â€˜The Aborigines own this landâ€™, â€˜Santo and the Corinthiansâ€™, â€˜I love Harrison Fordâ€™, â€˜RIP Blair 2006â€™, â€˜RIP Cliffâ€™, and â€˜Dan is average!â€™Â to mention just a few.â€ There are only a few copies of his book, but one of them is in Brunswick Library if youâ€™re interested in seeing it.
But Dimitriosâ€™s latest discovery is, as he puts it, â€˜a whole language of numbers, letters and symbols carved into bluestone paversâ€™. The purpose of these inscriptions remains a mystery, although Dimitrios suspects they indicate the location of underground utility pipes and junctions. Any suggestions from knowledgeable blog followers would be welcome.
The â€˜EAâ€™ is particularly striking. â€œIt is my favourite because it’s unlike any other that I have found. Itâ€™s beautifully carved and takes up the width of the paver and is visible from a short distance even to the casual observer. It’s in Albert Street on the pavement beside my favourite church too, St Patrick’s Cathedral.â€