The world has quite literally become a canvas for some of the street art scene’s biggest names. These are the top destinations in the world where roaming the streets is just as, if not more, exciting than entering a museum to see some incredibly vibrant works of art.
280 miles southwest of Paris, lies the small town of Angouleme. It may not be the most obvious tourist destination in France, but the town is home to the European School of Visual Arts, and an annual comic’s festival, earning it the nickname, “Capital of the Comic Strip.” As you walk the streets, you’ll see that many artists practice their work on a the larger scale of local buildings.
Every year, Montreal hosts a Mural Festival in June, but the local arts community produces work year round. Much of the work you’ll find in this city has a political bend, calling attention to decaying buildings, community issues, or making fun of politicians.
More than 100 murals, derived from nearly a mile’s worth of the Berlin Wall have been preserved in Berlin’s East Side Gallery. As you venture around the rest of the city, you’ll see a modern and evolving gallery of Europe’s best urban artists. El Bocho, Kreuzberg, and Mitte are great spots to spot some of Berlin’s finest works of street art.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Murals line the streets, garage doors, and underpasses in Buenos Aires, while the barrios and city centers are painted in vibrant hues. Street art tours are a popular way to see the work of famous Argentine artists and an excellent way to learn about the history of the city.
Los Angeles, California
For decades, Los Angeles has had a thriving street art scene, and it has spread from the city’s exterior walls to the insides of art museums. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) hosted the first major US exhibition about graffiti and street art in 2011, and some of the most recognizable names in street art have given their art a temporary home in the City of Angels. Head to La Brea Boulevard, Culver City, and Melrose Avenue for some of the city’s best examples of street art.
Big names come to London’s street art scene. Yes, besides Banksy, who made a name for himself among the streets of London. Leake Street has served as London’s sanctioned street art space and serves as the site of an evolving display of work by up-and-coming artists. Other must see’s include Brick Lane and the Shoreditch and Brixton neighborhoods.
Melbourne was dubbed the “stencil capital of the world” after hosting the inaugural international stencil festival in 2004. Street art in all forms are prevalent in the city. Hosier Lane is among the city’s most famous graffiti landmarks.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
This city is blanketed in ever-changing art, most of it by major international street artists, along with a number of prominent local names. Brazil’s lax legislation almost encourages street art, allowing for any building to serve as a canvas so long as the owner has granted permission. There’s no stretch of the city you can walk without stumbling upon at least one example of the city’s thriving street art scene. Visit Vila Madalena to see the best works.
New York, New York
There’s plenty to see in New York City’s five boroughs. Some of the best places to start are Brooklyn’s Bushwick, Hunts Point in the Bronx, and Manhattan’s Chelsea. Harlem is home to the Graffiti Hall of Fame, a schoolyard wall dedicated to showcasing, preserving, and supporting street art. Despite being recently torn down, the Queens neighborhood around the famed 5 Points still serves as a great place to take in astonishingly beautiful graffiti.
This city has been dubbed the City of Murals. The Philly’s Mural Arts Program has been around for decades and remains the largest public arts program in the US. Thanks to the program, Philly is blanketed in some impressive and inspiring examples of how street art can enhance a community. Mural Mile is a great place to enjoy the highest concentration of Philly’s murals.
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