Cities will move you, arouse your senses, and spark your desires, each in their own special way and with their own unique charm. As travelers, we know this to be true. For me, a city’s fingerprints lie in it’s streets and laneways. Let’s take a look at areas that have gained international recognition for this progressive art form!
Camden Town, London
Most visitors to Camden Town seem to go as far as the Stables Market and then turn round and walk back down the brightly coloured High Street towards Camden Town Understand station. However, by carrying on along the quieter, nondescript Chalk Farm Road, heading towards Chalk Farm Underground station instead, there are lots of the side streets that are filled with graffiti masterpieces that are worth a detour along!
Wynwood Art District, Miami
This was my number one must see when I went to Miami. It didn’t disappoint! I was beyond impressed. Wynwood is overflowing with delightful and awe-inspiring murals by the world’s best artists! The conceptualisation and talents showcased here are quite hard to beat!
Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia
One of the most popular beaches of Sydney is Manly Beach but less crowded and more family friendly compared to its rivals. Apart from the beach, there are souvenir shops, clothing stores, cafes and restaurants strewn all over the place – plus, alleys splashed with graffiti!
The MAUS project (Málaga Arte Urbano en el Soho) is an urban renewal initiative that is transforming the SOHO area of Malaga through art. Despite SOHO’s central location and it’s cultural and historical importance, the area has become fairly run down over the last 50 years. The MAUS project aims to change that through music, dance, theatre, photography, painting and sculpture.
Banksy, now an infamous artist, with his work displayed across the globe was once an everyday kid from Bristol in England; spray-painting sides of shops, bars and even houses! If you take a trip to this small city in the South West of England, then this is where you’ll see some of his earliest work; some of which have actually been framed! Plus, you may even spot the next ‘Banksy’ trying their hand at some street art
Tel Aviv, Israel
Visitors to Tel Aviv with limited time tend to stick to the modern built-up beachfront. But it is the back alleys and more traditional streets that are alive with color and expression, especially in the form of graffiti. While Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages of Israel, English is a popular unofficial third language, and the chosen alphabet of most graffiti in Tel Aviv.
Prague, Czech Republic
Some of the coolest street art I have found was at the John Lennon wall in Prague. He history behind why the wall was started and being an avid Beatles fan it was by far my favorite spot.
Thank you to all who contributed! 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?