Street art and modern graffiti are no longer just an expression of the self. In these cities around the world, they have taken on a cultural significance that you can discover on a trip there. If you want to travel deeper to discover the artists behind the creations and their trademark styles, hire a guide! By Anuja Dikshit
New York City, USA
New York City is well known as the mecca for street and graffiti artists. In Brooklyn, take the Brooklyn Street Art Tour or Free Tours By Foot, where you can explore the area around Roberta’s Pizza, the bogart, and the loom. Bushwick is a working-class district on the north of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg that features popular artists such as Buff Monster, Beau Stanton, Coll Walnuts, Skewville, among others. The most prolific neighbourhood for street art, the Bushwick Collective, gives you an insight into the unconventional mediums and techniques used by artists.
Cape Town, South Africa
Woodstock is one of the notable places in South Africa for street art. Just on the outskirts of Cape Town, Woodstock is a hub of creativity and hip culture. The place has undergone gradual urban development in past few decades and the walls with fascinating graffities are prove as much. The place is known for some of the notable works by Freddy Smith and Chris Auret, who highlight current social issues. If you’re taken a self-guided tour, visit Woodstock, CBD, District Six and Observatory for some interesting murals.
The graffities in Berlin are thought provoking, unique, and often define the historical landscape of the country through art. You can find graffiti everywhere on the walls, garbage cans, doors, sidewalks, bridges, and tunnels here. Berlin-based artists such as Alaniz, XOOOOX, Alias, El Bocho, SP38, Negative Vibes, Mein Lieber Prost, Various and Gould, Berlin Kidz have left their mark on the public walls in Berlin. The city is fondly referred to as the ‘City of Design’ and stands replicated at the Street Art Museum here.
The streets of Melbourne are a feast to the eyes. It is the first place to encourage stencil art at an early stage and even host a 10-day Melbourne Stencil Festival every year. The city attracts many overseas visitors and locals. It serves as the large canvas for artists who love to express themselves through colours. Home to hundreds of murals, some of the best can be found in Hosier Lane, Caledonian lane, Croft alley, and Duckboard Place. When here, look out for works of notable artists such as Ghostpatrol, David Meggs Hooke, and Kaff-eine.
The Argentinian capital is home to innumerable murals that have earned it the title of the Street Art Capital of the world. Centro Ministerio de Diseno, popular as Design District, Caminito around La Boca’s tourist centre, and Usina del Arte are home to some amazing murals by Martin Ron, El Marian, Graciela Goncalves Da Silva, and Benito Quinwuela Martín.
Street art in Prague has a strong Slovakian aesthetic. Some of the most prominent artworks here is based on Czech writer, Bohumil Hrabal’s works and can be found at the exit of the Palmovka metro station. You can find 12 graffiti zones in the city, some of which are relatively close to the city centre. Street art in Prague provides much encouragement to the enthusiastic youngsters who like expressing themselves through colours. Some of the best works are the John Lennon Wall near Kampa Park, artist Escif’s Kafka located at the corner of Husitska and Prokopova, and artist Pasta Oner’s ‘Choose to be Happy’ which is a rendition of the Divine Touch by Michelangelo.