The 10 Best Cities In The World To See Street Art
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 19, 2014
by Katherine Brooks
The street art world has undergone a massive shift in the past few years, with famous figures like Banksy and Shepard Fairey elevating the medium to mainstream consciousness. What was once a clandestine act of art vandalism is now, more often, a celebrated form of public art, popping up in major metropolises across the globe. “Street art and graffiti is ephemeral, transitory, a moment in time,” the experts at Brooklyn Street Art assert, emphasizing the contemporary allure of graffiti and street art.
With summer upon us, and months of travel opportunities on the horizon, we’ve put together a guide of the top cities around the world that prove street art is indeed a thing to be celebrated. From Brazil to France to Taiwan, these urban centers play home to works by street art stars like Nunca, Blu and the late P183. So if you’re in the mood for a cross-continental trip, these are the 26 cities you need to add to your travel bucket list now.
1. Berlin, Germany
A street artwork by JR is pictured in Berlin on April 16, 2013.
2. São Paulo, Brazil
A mural by Francisco Rodrigues da Silva, known as Nunca, in the Liberdade neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008.
3. Melbourne, Australia
A mural by Del Kathryn Barton, tilted “The Whole of Everything,” which adorns the side of an apartment block in central Melbourne, on July 8, 2008.
4. Cape Town, South Africa
A mural of Nelson Mandela by graffiti artist Mak1One on December 7, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa.
5. Moscow, Russia
Graffiti with a sign reading “Give to get a ticket home” made by the late Russian street artist Pasha P183 in a street in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
6. Lisbon, Portugal
A mural by Sam3 created during the Crono Project in Lisbon, Portugal in 2013.
7. Los Angeles, California
A giant mural of Mt. Rushmore by Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles on August 20, 2013 in California.
8. Bogotá, Colombia
A graffiti wall painted by El Pez in Bogota, Colombia on July 9, 2010.
9. Dublin, Ireland
A mural in the Temple Bar area on October 23, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.
10. London, England
Street art by Ekta Ekta on the side of The White building, along the River Lea Navigation at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2013 in London, England.