The Best Street Art
Where to View the Best Street Art
Street Art has been utilized worldwide as a method of beautification. Although not all street art is legal, it has caused a stir throughout the world and many people have become drawn to the 'street art' movement. Street art has even increased tourist populations, as it acts as a medium for storytelling a country's culture silently. As the street art popularity rises, more and more cities across the globe are welcoming artists to paint on their walls and lay statutes around their streets. Read on below for a list of cities featuring some of the most popular street art available.
- London, UK
London offers a wide variety of street art forms that can be viewed for free. London's street art varies from massive murals painted on the walls of buildings to elaborately carved statues. Recently, Trafalgar Square hosted a big unveiling of their newest statue featuring a giant blue rooster.
- Mexico City
Mexico City's history is largely displayed by public murals strew throughout its streets. These massive pieces of art have been a part of the cities walls for several years. However, a new project known as �All City Canvas' has just painted even more color onto the city. This legal beautification of Mexico city's streets called in nine artists, local and abroad, to paint and restore the buildings to their current lively conditions.
- Lisbon, Portugal
As an effort to keep the city from falling into pieces, the city of Libson created a street art movement known as the 'Crono Project'. The Crono Project consisted of commissioning numerous artists to paint on weathered down, neglected, and povertised buildings. During 2011, the city held an exhibition to invite art lovers and city dwellers alike to view the new body of artwork.
- Bogota, Colombia
The streets of Columbia are currently filled with vividly painted wall murals and it is truly a sight to see. A famous street artist who goes by the name of CRISP, arrived in colombia a few years prior and left a few hidden gems of art. For a short while, the artist even offered tours throughout the city showing several pieces of street art such as the hidden gems he left. The tours were favored due to artist's extremely informational commentary which told the history of the city.
- Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso is well known for its vast collection of street art. Tourist tend to frequent the neighborhoods throughout the hillside of Cerro Concepcion and Cerro Alegre because they are the safest. This Chilean art is unique because its large bodies of work are mostly made up of modern art.
- New York City, US
New York City is chock full of culture, history and art; street art are being no exception. Presently, the area of Bushwick in Brooklyn is showing great promise in the street art movement. Artists known by the names of Banksy and Buff Monster are two of the many that can be viewed on the walls of New York City.
- Melbourne, Australia
New York has largely influenced the street art culture found within Australia, which began back in the 1970s. Since street art has only gained more popularity and thousands of tourists flock to see it each year.
- Paris, France
The street art found within Paris is special because it speaks of the city's history. The monumental street art collection found within the city is one of its most beautiful sights in the world.
- Berlin, Germany
In Berlin a group known as the Mentalgassi is responsible for creating its large body of street art. The groups is most popularly recognized by its oddly yet strategically placed oversized faces on the walls the city's buildings.
- Santiago, Chile
The area of Santiago within Chile is rich in street art culture. Local guides offer several tours to lead you across the region to some of the most remarkable street art. One of the highest ranked tours is URBN STGO.
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires offers a large collection of street art to view including several sculptures. Each year more and more art is collected on the city's wall and streets. This year may pieces depicted the World Cup games.
- Cape Town, South Africa
Street art is no stranger to the region of Cape Town as it is home to some of the most intricately painted pieces of artwork. In Cape Town street art is known solely as art and is never considered graffiti! Artist are encouraged to display their work and viewers come from all over the globe to view it for free.
- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Street art was utilized as a form of city beautification throughout the streets of Rio De Janeiro in hopes to reduce crime in its neighborhoods. The walls of Rio have truly been transformed and the streets welcome tourists of all ages.
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Everyone knows that Philadelphia is nicknamed as the City of Brotherly Love. Its another nickname, which is however less popular, is the City of Murals. The city got this name after the City of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program, which is the largest national public art program. The program was founded in 1984 as part of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network. Its objective is to promote collective mural-making and help solve a number of community issues that can spur economic development. Due to the program's initiatives about a hundred public art projects are made each year, plus an extensive collection of murals is restored and exhibited in the outdoor art gallery that draws thousands of visitors annually.