Street art is proof that some of the best masterpieces are not locked behind museum doors, but out in the open for everyone to enjoy. Artists travel far and wide to make their mark on streets and buildings and communicate to the masses. The streets have been given a voice and today we will spread the beauty from around the globe!
Whistler, B.C., Canada
Winding alongside the picturesque Cheakamus River in Whistler, BC. Canada, the dense forest clears to reveal an eclectic outdoor art gallery. Mangled boxcars scattered among towering cedar trees make up a kind of twisted train graveyard; local artists have laid claim to these unique canvases, creating a vibrant art installation hidden away for curious hikers to discover in the middle of the lush Canadian forest.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Old San Juan is the oldest settlement of Puerto Rico, defined by its narrow, blue cobblestone streets, and flat roofed brick and stone buildings which date back to the 16th and 17th century—when Puerto Rico was a Spanish possession. Its colorful buildings, and street art with a point of view makes this town alive and contemporary even today while retaining its history and colonial style of architecture. Today, Puerto Rico is a possession of USA.Puerto Rico has its own underground street art scene that often relates to politics and is known as a form is artistic commentary on the debt and political crisis that the island has being going through for a while. Only a few tourists are really able to enjoy this street art scene as the best of the works are often hidden in not so touristy spots.
In 2010, as part of the overall rejuvenation of Malacca River, the Melaka River Art Project was established. Artists were commissioned to paint murals and other forms of street art on a series of buildings to brighten up the area. The results were very colourful!
San Francisco, California
The Chinatown district really let the visitor dive into a different culture while being in a different culture. Once you cross the gate, you enter an Asian world, and you suddenly feel East. Chinatown is also full of street art. This one particularly got my attention, because of the woman with the colourful decorations, and the American flag in the background. It shows the mix of two cultures, that this district represents in San Francisco.
This is a very interesting capital, pretty and lively. Street art flourishes all around the city, which adds some underground and loud touch. The graffiti here are often political and there are some numerical codes as well that can be connected to political ideologies. It is mainly rough street art, with more than a design in the same area. The skaters’ shop entrance is great art too.
Covering the walls of the old US Embassy in Tehran, Iran, are a series of anti-USA and anti-Israel murals. They look menacing, but are at odds to the friendly and warm welcome given to foreigners by the local people.Interested in collaborating and sharing your favorite destination for street art around the globe? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
Which vibrant work of art speaks most to you?