9 Cities You Should Visit Just for the Street Art
Street art is my favorite element of what cities has to offer. It shows the true nature of the place and local people. This is why I like to get lost a little bit in a new city to wander around streets off the beaten track and to spot some nice murals. Here are only a few, as still lots of exploring is ahead of me, but hopefully I’ll enrich this collection soon. Enjoy the art and get inspired to visit these places!
New York City King of Murals
Definite winner in terms of quality and quantity is New York so far. The city and especially Brooklyn is all covered with colorful, artistic murals. It is also a hospitable place for graffiti artists. There are many competitions for them out there and street walls are painted with newer and newer murals. If you happen to visit New York, get lost in the streets and wander around to admire this kind of art.
Boston also keeps up with the best. Maybe murals there are not as widespread as in NYC, but still you can find lots of nice pieces of art.
Mosaic Philly with Italian Accent
Except for regular murals that you can find in every major city, Philly has something unique and exceptional to offer. I’ve already described Magic Gardens in a post about my Philly adventure. It is a gallery space with wonderful collection of mosaics that are made of all the items you can imagine.
Besides, the majority of traditional murals can be found in the Italian district of the city and they largely present profiles of first Italian immigrants.
Parisian King of Art
Paris, as the city considered heaven for artists, it cannot miss murals. They are on a smaller scale there, but still you can find some creative gems.
Berlin Hippie Style
Starting with Berlin Wall that is all covered with graffiti, Berlin has incredibly rich collection of murals as well. Similarly to NYC, you can find them around every corner and they strongly represent the tolerant and very diverse nature of the city.
Lively Colors of Stavanger & Haugesund
Norway cities are extremely colorful and murals there are no different. Graffiti that covers the walls are vivid, adding energy to cold climate. On top of that, the street art is of the highest quality and can be found literally everywhere.
London is enormous city inhabited by diverse societies, so it cannot lack murals as well! My favorite part – Camden town has lots of them. You don’t want to miss it!
Iceland and more precisely Home Island is a little bit different than other mentioned cities in terms of murals. The paintings are more delicate and less abstract. They mostly present profile of ordinary people. I didn’t get a chance to see murals in other Icelandic cities, as my trip was mostly nature-related. However, you can also admire many in Reykjavik and other towns.
What is your favorite city for street art and murals? Write in comment!