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Punk Art Hotel

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We’ve featured quite a few art hotels on Been-Seen (hit the search button and have a look), and we’re excited to find out about this new one in Melbourne. The Cullen, an Art Series Hotel, is inspired by the work of Australian enfant terrible Adam Cullen.

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Located in the liberal, multicultural Prahran district, it’s the first of six hotels in Melbourne being built to honor great local artists (also including painter Charles Blackman and landscape artist John Olsen).

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For an artist whose work has been called simplistic, crude, adolescent and puerile, the hotel is actually pretty elegant. In fact it boasts a relatively minimalist palate, peppered with bold works by the contemporary artist.

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Walk in through the front door and you’re greeted by a life-sized mosaic cow. Over 450 pieces of art (including many original works) line the walls of the 115 rooms and shower doors. To pull this all together, the hotel even has its own curator.

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Rooms are kitted out with small kitchenettes and produce from the local market, as well as shiny art books to browse through.

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If you want to explore further afield, the hotel offers for hire bikes and Smart cars decorated with Cullen’s work. Cool idea. RM

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