Street art is far from static in today’s ever-changing urban jungle.
Can you imagine life as an ephemeral artist? Realizing your hard work was short-lived, transitory in nature, to inevitably disappear one day. Street artists learn to accept the temporary nature of their art, with their masterpieces one day nothing but a distant memory.
Any visitor has the right to admire and photograph or to destroy and paint over a piece. That is the beautiful thing about street art; It belongs to all of us, and none of us at the same time.
Move over Melbourne! The streets of Perth in Western Australia are becoming more and more colourful by the day thanks to FORM WA street art festival. Indistinct and ordinary lanes conceal spectacular murals, often spanning metres across. Check out Northbridge, Leederville, Mt Lawley and Fremantle for these vibrant works of art.
Burlington proves that street art isn’t limited to large metropolitan areas, because every area could use an extra dose of beauty! Discovery a lively and evolving street art scene every step of the way.
Visiting Barcelona is not just going to touristic places but discovering the hidden corners not listed in the travel guides. Street art can be found on screens, façades, doorways and walls, but also on corners of houses and bridge piers. Even the roads become canvases for art that often carries a political message.
The city of Reykjavík once turned a blind eye to street art, but recently began cracking down on unauthorized graffiti. The response from artists has been to seek permission to paint on property owners’ walls or to accept commissions from businesses. The result is a cleaner, more contained, style of art than the scrappier pieces that bloomed on the city’s walls 5-10 years ago.Wall Poetry is a collaboration between Iceland Airwaves, a local music festival that takes place in Reykjavík and Berlin’s Urban Nation. The aim is to bring creative minds from different genres (music and street art) to collaborate and “encourage artistic and creative exchange far beyond the inside of a gallery or the recording studio.”Far and Familiar
Hjartagarðurinn, or “Heart Park,” can be found in the center of Reykjavik’s shopping district. Initially intended to be a retail space, the lot was abandoned and dilapidated after Iceland’s financial collapse and was eventually turned into an artistic playground filled with colorful graffiti, musicians, and skateboarders. Word has it that the square is up for demolition, unfortunately, but portions of the park still remain. A must-see before it completely disappears!
An ever-changing display of graffiti covers the walls of Werregarenstraat in the underrated town of Ghent. Known more for its historical museums, galleries and churches, modern street art is unexpected amongst canals, cobblestone streets, and medieval buildings. In the ’90s, the space had been designated by the local government as a legal spot for graffiti to try and keep the rest of the city free of spray paint.Cristen En Route
Stickers, stencils, quotes or random graffiti are strewn around Vilnius Old Town. While the main street – Pilies – looks fancy with touristic restaurants and souvenir shops a one turn left or right might take us into the rusty alley full of the creative expressions in various forms. Just few steps away from the Cathedral, on Odminiu street, a wonderful mural by local artists Jurgis Tarabilda embellishes the random wall, giving the random lane a different look. On the other side of Neris river, alongOlimpieciu street, couple of spots full of street art are to be found too. One of them – so called Graffiti Pier – is were it is legal to create freely. Other spots worth checking for some decent pieces are around Frank Zappa monument, all over Uzupis or on Pylimo street.
StreetARToronto (StART) initiative treats streets as vital public space and aims to develop, support, and increase awareness of street arts role in generating social and economic benefits, adding beauty and character to Toronto’s communities, and counteracting the negative effects of graffiti vandalism. The densest sections of street art are consolidated in Rush Lane (extending over a kilometer) and the neighboring section of Chinatown, boasting various themes such as cartoons, protest murals and even cultural motifs.