If you’re a fan of street art graffiti, then you’re in for a treat. Here’s a collection of street art pictures taken by some of my favorite travel bloggers from around the world.
Amazing Street Art Graffiti from Around the World – Part 1
London – Skate Park
On our first vacation with our infant son to London, our travel pace slowed down significantly. We noticed striking street art at the Skate Park on the South Bank of the River Thames during one of his frequent feedings that we might have just quickly passed otherwise. This ever-changing wall of graffiti is like a living art installation that we remember as the most distinctive street art we’ve ever seen.
Catherine D’Cruz blogs at We Go With Kids.
If you like this, read all about Southbank, London here.
When you think of street art, one rarely thinks of Dubai. While the city is starting to mature, destruction of public property can have dire consequences. But since one has to play homage to current life and times, the government themselves have interestingly commissioned several street artists to contribute to the art in the city in a legal way. The artists even get paid for this, which we can say is also impressive. I was particularly amazed that the street artists cared to pay homage to the founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed in Bastakiya, one of the most instagrammable parts of Dubai.
Aneesha Rai blogs at Om Nom Nirvana.
If you like this, read more about Dubai here.
As one of the top wine producing regions of the world, Mendoza, Argentina is all about wine. Even the local reptiles have been known to savor a sip or two. Here’s one right here in this beautiful example of street art graffiti!
Talek Nantes blogs at Travels with Talek.
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Amsterdam is a quirky city in itself and so there is no doubt that it would also be home to some amazing street art. This piece was one of my favourite pieces I found depicting the red light district and clambering men trying to get there. From a distance it only looks like a pair of lips; however the closer you get the more interesting it becomes.
Verity blogs at Veritru.
There is nothing more fun for an art lover/appreciator to turn a corner in Reykjavik, Iceland and run directly into some street art. I find them interesting and they just seem to fit in Reykjavik. I love the that this whole building is wrapped in art. It even looks Icelandic!
Sherrie blogs at Travel by a Sherrie Affair.
Kochi is warm introduction to the colours of India, made more so by its beautiful street art. Local artists have brought the history of the old town lanes alive with their vibrant work and makes for a fascinating stroll when combined with the Chinese fishing nets, Portuguese churches and Dutch architecture; the fusion is truly captivating.
Lynn blogs at Travelynnfamily
Barranco District, Lima, Peru
The artsy Barranco District in Lima is a hub for colourful street art and brings the walls to life. This mural, by Limeno, Yandy Graffer (real name Abraham Portocarrero) is typical of his style with flowing swirls, vibrant colours and black outlines. The themes of the sea, fishermen and farming reflect the city’s culture and trades.
Suzanne Jones blogs at The Travel Bunny.
City Centre – Reykjavik, Iceland
One of the unexpected pleasures of our visit to Reykjavik was the wonderful street art we found all around the city centre. From tiny pieces to artworks covering entire walls, they were vibrant and fascinating. I spotted a row of little bee-eaters huddled on a branch, a little girl peeking around a corner, a muscled strong man in a red cape and a realistic cat painted onto the bottom of a front door – I thought it was real for a moment! My favourite street artwork was a piece called Days of Gray, a circular abstract landscape of grey earth and bright blue sky.
Kavita Favelle blogs at Kaveyeats.com.
Woodstock – Cape Town, South Africa
Woodstock is a hip and gritty Cape Town neighbourhood where the tiny side streets hide fascinating street art with everything from superheroes to political statements and some amazing wildlife depictions. Our favourite is the Rothschild giraffe, one of the species most endangered populations, and its message which reminds us of how fragile the incredible wildlife of Africa really is.
Elaine & David blog at Show them the Globe
When you visit Medellín (Colombia) don’t miss the Stairway Storytellers’ tour of Comuna 13! The street art here is different and goes deeper, as it deals with the neighbourhood’s violent past and expresses its struggle for peace and a future filled with hope. The guides are locals and your donations go towards community projects.
Juergen Klein blogs at Dare2Go.com.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is filled to the brim with street art so I always have my eyes peeled for something new. I love this mural of a man asleep on his horse. Despite being painted by two artists from Holland, it’s so perfectly fitting of Argentine cowboy culture. I particularly love how it’s split, partially painted on the wall of a house and the fence in front. If you play with perspective and find the perfect spot, it lines up into one work of art.
Erin Mushaway blogs at Solsalute.com.
The street art scene in Athens is overwhelming. Even after visiting cities all over the world known for their street art, Athens always strikes me as one of the places that have embraced it the most. You see murals and tags in almost every part of the city, even in parts of the more upscale and historic districts. True street art enthusiasts should wander around Exarchia, which is an anarchist neighborhood full of students and other young people and is positively packed with murals.
Stephanie Craig blogs at Historyfangirl.com.
Street art graffiti is a universal self-expression art form. It is found in the prehistoric caves of northern Europe and in today’s teeming barrios. Humans need to create, and create they do.