One of my favorite parts about living in the suburbs of Sydney was gazing out my bedroom window to a vibrant work of art each morning. Every few months, a new artist swooped in to paint over the last masterpiece. It’s the nature of street art: spontaneous, public, and fleeting.
When visiting a new city, the first item on my agenda is to take to the streets and seek out colorful art splashed across buildings and walls. Not only is this a completely free activity, it is a thrilling experience to be surprised at every corner. Check out the gems found by my readers around the world!
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Richmond, Virginia is right off Interstate-95 on the East Coast of the United States, and a seriously underrated and unknown town! One cool face about RVA is that is completely covered in gigantic wall murals! Artists from around the world come to continue to decorate any spare space they can find!
Melbourne’s laneways are veritable works of art, and there’s always something new popping up. Hosier Lane is the most famous of the lanes for its bright colours and constant artists but there are so many more laneways to visit to view the local street art. If you get hungry or thirsty during your sojourn across town, don’t worry: most of Melbourne’s 4,000 restaurants, bars, and cafes are in the laneways. You’ll definitely stumble upon something delicious while exploring the vast network of back alleys in Melbourne!
Cahuita, Costa Rica
Cahuita is a small laid-back town which sits in the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. It boasts a national park with white-sand beaches where you can do various activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving. Not to mention an authentic Afro-Caribbean cuisine and artistic flair to top it all off.
While I was here I spent ages exploring and admiring the street art. A lot of it was just really bizarre which I loved. A lot of Bergen did feel very artsy, definitely a place to visit.
Georgetown in Penang, Malaysia is an absolute street art dream. In 2012, the city commissioned artists to breathe life back into the city and since then it’s become a “living museum” where the art seamlessly blends into the environment and can be found in shops, cafes, along the road and hidden down alleyways. Even though the art is plenty, it never feels over-run or overwhelming. There’s always something new to see and hunting for all art is an amazing (and free!) way to explore the town’s nooks and crannies! Interested in collaborating and sharing your favorite destination for street art around the globe? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org ?
Now I’m curious, is beautiful street art splashed across your city walls? Which vivid masterpiece speaks most to you?