New York City’s electrifying street art may just make up for its incessant noise, pollution, and subway-shoving. (Not street performance art, mind you… the interpretive dancer who takes up residence on a nearby street corner tends to be a tad progressive for my taste. I’m judgey about my art.)
But really good, actual street art tends to give a city character, grit, and personality.
I try to capture pictures of street art while traveling (and in real life), in part because the nature of the art tends to reflect the character of the city itself. When I saw a gorgeous-photograph-stuffed post on Rommel’s blog The Sophomore Slump a few months back, I made a note that I had to assemble some of my favorite street art pics into a post.
An alleyway off of Rue St-Denis in Montreal gifted me with my very most favorite street art. Ever.
How stunning is that? I’d like to swim in it. To whomever created this masterpiece, I issue a challenge: show yourself! I seriously want to commission this artist to spray paint a wall in my house.
It doesn’t have to be a grand masterpiece to wow me. I like words, too!
Our recent trip to Lisbon, Portugal yielded some particularly gorgeous pieces.
Like its Portuguese-speaking sister, Rio de Janeiro also had some gorgeous street art, even if I was warned not to take my giant camera out for frequent picture-snapping.
Not content to stick to more traditional ‘graffiti,’ artists in the Santa Teresa neighborhood of Rio spray-painted directly onto overflowing tree roots.
While art from halfway around the world is always cool, some of my favorite pieces adorn my own neighborhood here in Manhattan- I feel like I get to know them in passing by almost every day.
There’s a mural on the side of the Elizabeth Street Rag & Bone store that changes every couple weeks. A couple times I’ve seen the artist at work, crafting something new.
And who doesn’t love angel Tom Selleck?
For someone who just can’t seem to get into modern art, I don’t know why street art appeals to me as much as it does.
Perhaps it’s the concept of bringing color and attention to walls that would otherwise be ignored. Even the grittiest corners of the city should have their moment in the sun.
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