Shoreditch, East End, London by Paula from Contented Traveller
Shoreditch is the gateway to London’s East End, and it is here that all of your senses will be challenged with the street art. Artists from the East End, London and the rest of the world have provided this kaleidoscope of thoughts and feelings.
Street art is one of the most recognizable differences when a city begins to change, like a flag to signify where the changes will begin. Shoreditch is a working example of this. You can see and feel the creativity, the vibe, great independent places to eat, great nightlife and much of this, through the street art. Much as it has become very trendy now, there is no taking away from a district that is a wall-to-wall canvas of street art.
This piece of street art is of Charlie Burns, who was the oldest man on Brick Lane, who sat in the passenger seat of a car in Bacon St for half a day, watching people come and go in the vibrant Brick Lane, Shoreditch.
Georgetown, Malaysia by Łukasz Kędzierski
Street art in Georgetown is known all over the world. This was also the main reason why we came to Penang Islands. The most famous murals are made by Ernest Zacharevic. There are lot of tourists with a map in their hands, looking for these paintings. But there are also many other murals made by others, which are also very interesting. My favourite was a mural called „Bruce Lee Cat” (official called The Real Bruce Lee Would Never Do This) made by Artists for Stray Animals. I highly recommend visiting this place.
Copenhagen, Denmark by Monica from Globe Trottica
BaNanna Park in Copenhagen, Denmark, not only contains a rock climbing wall, but a beautifully constructed wall of street art. The area the wall is located in was saved from real estate developers, and is now a recreational park, one of the few in the area. There is a lot depicted in the art, from “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil,” colorful animals, and windows and houses as if to make it seem like it is part of the Copenhagen neighborhood. This street art is cheerful and inviting, and really makes you stop and linger for just a moment.
Łódź, Poland by Aleksandra and Michał from urlopnaetacie.pl
For us it goes without saying that Łódź is the street art center of Poland. It is amazing how it has developed into a hip and cultural spot over the recent years. Urban Forms Foundation, which initiated the project of painting huge murals on the regular buildings of Łódź, definitely contributed to the cities vibrant atmosphere. For all who haven’t visited Łódź just yet – hop on a train, bus, plane – whatever, and just go there! Spend a day wandering around and try to spot all the amazing murals. You won’t regret it – we can promise you that.
Sao Paulo, Brazil by Jenna from This Is My Happiness
São Paulo, Brazil is one of the world’s largest cities and also one of the best places to see street art. The streets are filled with street art of all kinds and sizes, especially colorful murals. Thanks to the innovative work of some of the city’s best street artists, São Paulo has been a leader in the development of creativity in street art. Look for the impressive work by São Paulo natives and twin brothers Os Gemeos, whose art can now be found in cities around the world.
Zaragoza, Spain by Dale from AngloItalian Follow Us
Some cities have a history that spans back so many centuries that you don’t expect any street art scene to cover any walls, but in Zaragoza in Spain, even before you’ve stepped to far away from the Roman remains there is great street art. What’s most impressive is that so much of the street art in Zaragoza was commissioned by the town council themselves to revitalise the more run down district of the city.
Havana, Cuba by Kami from Kami Everywhere
Callejón de Hamel is a small street which is, along with surrounding buildings, fully covered with murals, paintings and author’s quotes – all of them certainly influenced by cubism and African religions. Callejón was created by Salvador Gonzales Escalona, famous Cuban artist, in 1990 and it’s his atelier’s headquarter until now. Apart from murals at the street there are some quirky sculptures like bathtubs, classical columns, and even water tanks on the top of buildings are painted in a special way. Callejón is an example of freedom of creation in Cuba mixed with some cultural activities (big samba gatherings every Sunday, art classes for children for free etc.) which is worth to visit by all street art lovers.
Marrakech, Morocco by Natalie from Love&Road
Marrakech is known by it conservative religion, the lack of political expression and especially the lack of speech freedom. So when we were walking around the tiny streets of Medina (old walled town) and we found this graffiti I couldn’t believe on it. Not just because of the beautiful drawing, but due to the expressive and powerful sentence just write beside of it: “stupidité humaine a des limit”, what means: human stupidity has limit… An amazing quote that made me think about all the huge contrast and human problems we witness everyday. Not just while travelling but on our own country too.
San Francisco, US by Noel from Travel Photo Discovery
San Francisco has some of the best street art in the trendiest areas of the city. Typically the graffiti here is on a higher level since there are a lot of creative people living in the city and want a public venue to display their work. Some of the best street art can be found in the Mission and South of Market areas where the warehouse districts and new loft areas are located. Here’s a current post of one of my favorite street art locations in the city that is always changing and fun to visit regularly.
La Palma, El Salvador by Kirsty from Kathmandu & Beyond
What I love about the street art in La Palma is that the entire town is splashed with colour. It’s only a small town but shops, walls and even lamp posts are covered in bright murals. It would be easy to miss this spot in northern El Salvador, passing through on the road to Honduras, but we decided to stop over to take a look. The style of street art here is known as Naïve Art, a movement that was founded by painter Fernando Llort when he first moved to the town in 1972. He started a trend that still represents El Salvador around the world and has a very distinctive style which you might recognise.
Have you been to any of these cities? Which piece do you like the more? What’s the best street art destination to you?
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