Everyone has something special that draws them to travel. For me, fascination is found in discovering the street art of a destination. I view every brick wall or hidden laneway as an open canvas just begging to be filled with creativity, artistic optimism and beauty. When I’m in the mood for an urban retreat, I am always sure to visit a city where I know I will be greeted with vibrant splashes of color!Let’s take a walk and find entire cities with streets alive and thriving in full color!
There is street art hidden all round London, but the newly fashionable district of Shoreditch is a great area to look out for an array of works from more obscure to world-renowned street artists. Shoreditch attracts hipsters from all over the city to its vibrant mix of cafes, bars, markets, restaurants and funky art galleries. You’ll come across pieces by famous artists such as Otto Schade, Mr Cenz, Shok-1 or even Banksy.
What makes street art so delightful in Pune, the cultural capital of western India, is it’s unexpectedness. It’s hidden in narrow lanes and by-lanes, and to find these delightful pieces of art is a game in itself, one which is worth the efforts!
While serving as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, Judson took to the streets of Bishkek with his camera to see what interesting sites he could find. Coming upon a wall next to an abandoned factory, he was surprised to see these works of graffiti art in a country who’s society is so rooted in traditional forms of expression. Translation, “I am ready to raise this country, and you?
Beatles Ashram (Maharshi Mahesh Yogi Ashram) in Rishikesh (India) is the place where the Beatles spent several months, composed many songs, and explored spirituality. It was later abandoned and forgotten for three decades. However, Beatles loving artists kept sneaking in and painting the walls. So, now it has been reopened for public and the main draw is a series of surrealistic graffitis created by artists all over the world.
The gigantic graffiti really took my breath away. It is located not far away from the Cathedral (quite the good neighborhood in fact) and seemed a little it out of place. Then again, it really is not your average graffiti but a true work of art.
Of course it is no surprise that Ubud in Bali is known for its art and handicrafts! It is pretty hard walking down the streets of Ubud and NOT find art somewhere along the way! We did not however expect to find gorgeous pieces of art painted on walls at the popular Tegalalang Rice Terraces! A combination of green rice paddies together with beautiful art pieces? What is not to love about that!
In an otherwise standard alley in downtown Toronto, 1/2 block south of the popular shopping on Queen St W lies a series of graffiti art that is well worth a visit. Officially Rush Lane, Graffiti Alley is lined for 4 blocks with fantastic graffiti, some going up 3 stories high and down side streets. It’s not as curated as similar works like Wynwood Walls in Miami, but the talent of the artists is impressive, and it has a wild, unexpected quality, as artworks bleed into each other. A huge thank you to all who contributed! Interested in collaborating and sharing your favorite city for street art? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org!