Cali, Colombia by Hannah and Adam from Getting Stamped
Cali, Colombia a city never on our tour radar but a city we found ourselves exploring in October 2013. The street art scene is top notch, right on par with Berlin if you ask me. The art is so colorful, capturing, and addicting. You will find gorgeous pieces throughout the city, unlike many other cities where the street art is mainly in one area of town. We found ourselves roaming the street looking for more, and snacking on all the tasty street food along the way.
Lisbon, Portugal by Lizzie from Wanderful World
Lisbon is world famous for its street art scene. Almost every single wall from the spiralling streets of Alfama to the alleyways of Bairro Alto is covered in colourful art. The area surrounding Picoas metro station is home to the most impressive examples, though, thanks to a project that aims to renovate one of the city’s most rundown neighbourhoods. Internationally renowned street artists were invited to create huge murals on abandoned office and apartment blocks, resulting in surreal scenes with weird and wonderful characters.
This black and white piece is by Lucy McLauchlan.
Coimbra, Portugal by Jowita from Polacos de Polonia
I love street art. I love those spectacular paintings, hyponotizing colours but I’m also the fan of regular, colourless street art (as long as it doesn’t abuse anyone!). My favorite city with street art is Coimbra, Portugal. It’s full of messages about politics, social life and mottos to follow. What amazed me the most was that I found there one of my favorite musicians. Merrill Garbus from tune-yards. She’s not well-known and yet she was painted on Portuguese walls in Coimbra. That made my day ; )
Berlin, Germany by Tati from Poszli-Pojechali
I’d never thought I would regret some piece of streetart so much. And now 2 most known murals by BLU in Berlin are the history. The artist decided to paint the walls black as a kind of protest to planned changes in Kreuzberg. Great pity but his right to do so, We recommend Berlin to every streetart lover as its walls express more thoughts and opinions than any politician/celebrity ever decided to show in the daylight. Check Kreuzberg and East Side Gallery first of all!
Montreal, Canada by Susan from Solo Trips and Tips
Montreal has a strong street art and graffiti community. The Under Pressure Graffiti Festival held each August began 19 years with a focus on community development and artist empowerment. The Mural Public Art Festival held it’s second edition in June 2014 featuring 20 murals created while the public looked on. One of my favorite pastimes when I visit Montreal is to wander the downtown streets to discover the street art.
Austin, US by Susan from Solo Trips and Tips
In downtown Austin Texas there is a graffiti park called the Hope Outdoor Gallery located at 1101 Baylor Street. The site is an abandoned construction site so there are several concrete walls making for perfect graffiti canvases. It is private property owned by an investment firm that agreed to a proposal from a non-profit organization to begin the graffiti park. The ever changing gallery of street art is a great place to spend some time while visiting Austin.
Brisbane, Australia by Julia from Where is Juli + Sam
Let’s paint all the Traffic Signal Boxes in the city, let’s take something which is inherently ugly and turn it into something truly beautiful, said somebody about 15 years ago. Since that day Brisbane streets have looked awesome! On almost every corner, you will find a colourful unique box (that control the traffic lights), which have been converted from dull and lifeless into art. Each one is hand-painted by a Brisbane resident and usually reflects the community and environment in which it is located.
Bogota, Colombia by Patrick from The Backpack Diary
Bogota’s arrio Candelaria is home to a vibrant and diverse street art culture, with crews and solo artists arriving from around the World to prove themselves hoping to make it big. Little wonder, as some of the city’s bigger names have really begun to make the step from street artist to commercially successful entities. Artist StinkFish, for example, is now able to sell canvas works as well as being flown around the world for commissioned pieces. This is in no small part thanks to the community, who has accepted street art as part of Bogota’s cultural identity as opposed to treating it as illegal graffiti. This includes local schools that provide safe zones for painting, with guidance from popular artists. With Colombia’s turbulent past and current political climate, there is no shortage of inspiration for artists new and seasoned. As you walk the streets of Bogotá the pieces range from abstract and beautiful to politically volatile and controversial, conveying messages of the civil wars and institutional corruption. One recurring theme is that of the displacement and exploitation of Colombia’s indigenous people, something which is very close to the heart of most locals. The only true way to understand the works of the various artists and the cultural past of the city is to take the free graffiti walking tour, every day at 10am – highly recommended!
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