Street art is becoming more widespread throughout many locations worldwide. It’s a great visual way to capture people’s attention and paint a smile across people’s faces (see what I did there). We no longer have to suss out art galleries when city walls are the best canvases for displaying talented artistic works. Below is a short overview of prime locations I have visited where street art is at the forefront of the country’s culture and quite frankly the best I have seen so far.
Stockholm is a special one as it boasts the world’s longest art gallery (110 km to be exact) through its metro system. Over 90 stations here feature art exhibitions carried out by 150 artists. You would agree that most people despise the chore of getting from A to B via public transport right? Well in Stockholm’s case its commuters revel in a mass of colourful paintings, designs and carvings to help each journey be a little more eye candyish.
The subway art kicks off at T Centrale which is Stockholm’s main station connecting passengers to multiple lines. From here you want to head towards the sign saying blue line where you will witness a sea of blue vines and flower motifs running along the cave walls of the station. Keep an eye out for the colourful escalators in this station too.
If you ride on the blue line from T Centrale you can literally get off at each station to see the art installations but here are the main ones to visit if you just want to see a snippet: Kungstradgarden and Solna Centrum.
A 24 hour card to use on transport in Stockholm will cost 120SEK which is around €12.
Hosier Lane, Melbourne
You can’t come to Melbourne and not check out the urban art splattered all over Hosier lane. Why? Because it’s pretty much a cultural landmark in the land down under. People get their wedding pictures taken here after all and even the rubbish bins get covered too. Need I say anymore?
In an ideal location in the city Center, a stone’s throw away from Flinders St Station and Federation Square is where you will find this street art haven. Cameras are essential!
Lisbon is renowned for its urban art lifestyle. Down the majority of side streets from Barrio Alto to Alfama(oldest neighborhood in Lisbon) you will come across stunning graffiti and art work.
Along with impressive wall graffiti make sure to check out the stunning tile designs on certain buildings.
Here are some locations in Lisbon where you can find impressive art-
- Patio Dom Fradique, close by to the Castle of Saint Geroge
- Crono Project on Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo
- The old theatre district, Maria Vitoria Theatre
Well sure look I thought it might be a tad rude not to include our fair city and I have only recently started to notice all the incredible art work in Dublin. I am starting to really feel like a tourist in my own country which is great. I plan on exploring more of the street art in Dublin over the next couple of weeks as I have merely only scratched the surface but for an immediate burst of colour your best bet is to head to Temple Bar. Full of bold graffiti along the cobbled streets.
Other places to spot street art in Dublin is in Bernard Shaw and on Francis Street.
Camden Street, London
Two of my favourite locations in London is Camden and Shoreditch and it just so happens that both locations are alive with street art. Many talented artists from all over the world have painted in both these areas. Music goes hand in hand with Camden so you will find many a portrait of music legends here from Amy Winehouse to John Lennon.
Now here is my Street Art wish-list for other countries around the world:
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Montreal, Canada
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Mexico City, Mexico
So what do you guys think, what other locations have walls full of colour that I need to add to my wish list?
Ps. An amazing account to follow on Instagram full of beautiful street art and wall designs is Wall Travelled…check out this beautiful account that will make you wish every wall was as vibrant and kaleidoscopic as these.