As the emergence of vivid works of street art hit cities around the globe, acceptance grows of this unconventional art form. These open air galleries bring a creative atmosphere to the streets, placing formerly grungy urban areas on the map.
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Two of my favorite things to look for are abandoned places and graffiti. I went to Madrid for New Years and didn’t realize everything would be closed. I love taking photos, so I decided to search online for good places in Madrid for street art. My searching brought me to the Malasaña neighborhood. I was blown away by what I saw. Not only was there street art on every corner but the buildings looked like they were painted by local artists. This was seriously the gold mine of street art.
I live in a city about 700 miles away from Moscow and must admit, the graffiti is terrible. When my boyfriend and I decided to go to another city for vacation, I could not believe how much better the street art was. This city is considered richer and more touristy so it was shocking how I found graffiti all over, even in the nicer areas of town. It’s amazing what you can find when you just look.
New York City, USA
When visiting New York there is only one place to Brunch on a Saturday or Sunday. Willamsburg in Brooklyn is quickly becoming a Hipster hotspot and with every corner you turn you will find an over priced thrift shop, or coffee shop serving food on a wooden chopping board. But you will also find a lot of great Street Art so go, eat, shop and take in the view.The streets of Manhattan the High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District up to West 34th Street. As well as offering fantastic views of Manhattan and a haven from the hustle and bussle of the city there is art in abundance from performances to sculpture. This image is of a commissioned piece by Barbara Kruger.
Visiting Vienna you can’t escape art, it is everywhere. With a rich cultural history and some of the most stunning architecture I have ever seen it feels like a tale of two cities when taking a stroll down the Danube Canal you will find a few hundred meters of street art. With an eclectic mix of talented amateurs and professional works you can’t help but be stunned. My only regret is not taking enough pictures!
Tuya Street, or ‘Graffiti Street’, can be spotted in Chongqing, China- literally. Every single building is covered head to toe with graffiti, from zebra stripes to neon zig-zags. Tuya Street is the longest graffiti street in China, with art shops, galleries, and stationary supplies operating within the colourful buildings. It covers roughly 40,000 square metres of wall along the street.
I always tell people that Toronto is like a mini New York, except that everyone is friendly. Get away from the skyscrapers and you’ll find some great street art. My favourites are around Augusta Avenue and Kensington market. You’ll also find art in unexpected places, like under a bridge in a forest in nearby Mississauga.
For my first ever solo trip, I got the train up from Toronto where I was studying to go to Montreal. On a freezing cold December day, these graffiti brought some welcome warmth and colour to the city. I soon discovered that the people of Montreal are warm and colourful as well!
Be sure to check out the entire series on our creative journey around the world!