Please excuse the radio silence around these parts; as many know, I am touring Europe for the first time! Forget the history museums; the first sights I seek out in European cities are the alleys and walls splashed with vibrant colour. I am excited to continue this collaboration of street art with contributions from some of my favourite travel bloggers from around the world.
Street art: a visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. Street art is often motivated by a preference on the part of the artist to communicate directly with the public at large, free from perceived confines of the formal art world.
Today, we declare the world as our canvas!
One of the most impressive street art mural collections we’ve ever discovered is the massive Cold World Media murals in an alley off Cordova Street in downtown Vancouver, Canada. Tribal imagery and modern art references permeate this incredible installation. Street art in Vancouver is not to be missed!
Penang started the street art trend in Malaysia and Melaka soon followed suit with their River Art Project in 2012. The street art in Melaka has surely added life to the heritage town and encouraged more tourists. But some locals believe that there should also be a balance between history and creativity. And that it should add value and reflect the local culture, and not take away the nostalgia and history of the place.
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In the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, a wall divides the warring tribes: Catholics versus Protestants. This conflict was born in 1921 when Belfast became the capital of Northern Ireland, dividing the island of Ireland into two. The Protestants, identifying as British, want Northern Ireland to remain with the UK. The Catholics, identifying more as Irish, want to leave the UK and merge with the Republic of Ireland. The “Belfast Troubles” were horrific between 1969 and 1998, bringing a lot of unrest and violence to the city.We know that walls can talk–they give a real reflection of what the citizens believe and portray, honestly, how they feel. What is interesting about Belfast is that the wall dividing the two parts of the city is so huge and vast, but it is covered in graffiti, delivering the real news to those who simply stop and look.The Guernica, by Picasso, was impressively painted on the wall. It is no doubt that the street artist meant to mimic the famous Spanish civil war painting that hangs in Madrid today. It shows how the city really feels–like they are in a civil war. Their lives are not in color. Their city is in shambles. The government does not know what to do–except build a bigger wall. The paintings around the Guernica also explicitly show political positions and violence in the city.The woman is Bobby Sands, an active member of the Irish Republican Army, who believed that repression created a revolutionary spirit in him. He went to prison for possessing a firearm and died on a hunger strike. He was considered a hero among Nationalists.
Among many other things, Melbourne is also famous for being one of the world’s greatest street art capitals in the world. There’s a plethora of unique and interesting forms of urban street art on display – murals, graffiti, stencils, art installations, stick-ups etc that are unique, interesting and vibrant.Sveeteskapes
One will inevitably stumble upon the hidden gems (and surprises) with every twist and turn around the alley-ways, so much so that even garbage bins covered in artwork will awe-inspire you. While one could spend hours exploring, staring and interpreting the meaning of these art forms in different neighborhoods, Hoiser Lane in particular is the one we liked the most for its energy, vibe and crowd, and it comes alive with every inch of the street covered in colorful art! I hope you enjoyed this continued peek at street art around the world!