Street Art

Street Art Around The World

Looking back over my blog and photography archives I can see some patterns emerging with regards to the things I like to seek out and capture on my travels. Cake is definitely one of them, but just as voracious is my appetite for street art.

Over the years I have gained an obsession with colourful murals on unexpected walls and always seek to hunt them down on my travels. Many of the places I have been to are not only making a name for themselves because of their street art but it is drawing crowds to parts of the destination that may have previously been forgotten or ignored by a visitor.

Below I’ve put together a collection of some of my favourite street art photos from around the world along with a little note on how you can find these murals too. If you’re a fan of street art too, let me know where you have found some of your favourites in the comments below. I might have to make a visit there.

Melbourne

Melbourne is a name synonymous with street art, almost as much as it is coffee. Crowds flock to Degraves Street and Hosiers Lane to see the latest incarnation of the walls but my favourite spot is a hidden alley in Chinatown. Croft Alley, off Paynes Street, is a winding, vibrant dead end, mostly hidden from the main road. At the very end you will find the Croft Institute, a quirky bar loosely modelled on an old school science lab.

Croft Alley

Croft Alley

(What’s hiding down Croft Alley?)

Sydney

I haven’t spent as much time in Sydney recently as I have Melbourne but I have heard rumours of a burgeoning laneway and cafe culture there (cue: Melburnians shouting ‘Copycats!’) I saw a glimpse of this in Surry Hills last year when I went in search of the fabled gelato of Messina (which is as good as they say) and spotted this little fella. He was so life-like I wanted to stroke him.

surry hills

(We all pat the dog)

Miami

I did a culture based press trip to Miami back in 2012 – not a word you usually hear associated with the destination. The most surprising element was a trip we took to the Wynwood Walls, an open-air exhibition of work by some of the best street artists in the world.

On the second Saturday of each month the Wynwood Arts District becomes an open air gallery cum nightclub hybrid. The decorated walls are flood lit, djs and live bands perform sets on the street, galleries open late and food vans offering everything from burgers to cupcakes line the street. Entry to the Art Walk, as it is know, is completely free and an absolute must see for anyone visiting Miami.

Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Wall

(Little hulk in Wynwood Arts District)

Toronto

Also in 2012 I visited Toronto to check out Fashion Week. Between catwalk shows and vintage shopping, I caught up with Toronto resident, ace blogger and my former colleague Alicia Taggio. She took me to Kensington to check out some of the quirky wall paint in the area, including this giant laptop we couldn’t help but blog on!

Street Art in Kensington Toronto

JG in Toronto

(Getting hands on with the street art in Kensington Toronto)

New York

I returned to New York last year after a 7 year hiatus (way too long!) Since my last visit the High Line has opened, to much fanfare and praise, so I went to check it out for myself. The High Line, for those that haven’t heard, is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. It first opened in 2009 with an extension completed in 2011. During my visit it was a chilly Spring so there was not much in the way of plant life to admire but I did enjoy the artwork dotted along the route, particularly the giant kiss scene, and can appreciate what the park has done for this area of the city.

The High Line

(Couple kissing in Times Square on V-J Day Mural by Eduardo Kobra)

Cologne

2013 saw my first visit to Germany (heaven knows why I had left it this long.) I was on the hunt for Youth Hotspots in Cologne and ended up wandering around the Belgian Quarter after sniffing out some coffee houses and burger bars. The street art is sporadic in this area but rather sweet and endearing when you spot it.

Street art in Cologne

street art in cologne

(Head turning installation in Cologne)

Gambia

Possibly the last place I expected to find an abundance of street art was on my trip to the Gambia last year. Through the Wide Open Walls project a team of artists from Europe, South Africa and Israel, in conjunction with village chiefs, have turned remote Gambian villages, like Galoya, into living art installations. Some of the skilled artwork is surprisingly dark and often obscure but it gives people a reason to visit these places many tourists will not see; it legitimises our being there and gives us a chance to make conversation with the people whose homes we are admiring.

Wide Open Walls Gambia

Wide Open Walls Gambia

Wide Open Walls Gambia

(Unexpected artwork in Galoya)

London

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So I know my own city is bursting with street art, particularly around the east end, but for some reason I have not a single photo of any of it. (Bad blogger.) I’ve made a resolution to be a tourist in my own city and go out and capture some of the street art on camera. Just as soon as it stops raining…

17 Comments

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    A Montrealer Abroad (@marievallieres)
    April 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Yup, Shoreditch has some pretty wicked street art that’s well worth the detour. All the more reasons to end up at a Brick Lane curryhouse to finish the day 😉

    Montreal also has amazing street art. Last year marked the first edition of a yearly festival called MURAL where artists from around the world are invited to paint and draw on walls along the busy Saint-Laurent Boulevard. A really fun thing to do on a sunny day.

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      Jayne
      April 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      What a great idea – another reason I should get to Montreal. And yes Shoreditch too, seen as it’s a bus ride away!

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    Naomi
    April 7, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Everyone says Melbourne is brilliant. For me, South America is pretty amazing for street art. Rio de Janeiro, particularly the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa is amazing. Valparaiso in Chile is beautiful. But for me, my favourite has to be Bogotá in Colombia. The neighbourhood of La Candelaria is full of it!

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      Jayne
      April 8, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Would love to see some South American street art – sounds brilliant!!

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    Monica
    April 7, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    You should try the East End Street Art Tour. I’ve seen the guy who does this a few times and he’s amazing. He’s so passionate. I’ve never actually done the tour but I’ve ended up listening in on a few different sections of the tour. You can learn so much through street art so i think it could be a cool one to do.

    I’m going to Miami on Wednesday (whhhoooopp) so I’ll be looking out for the street art.

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      Jayne
      April 8, 2014 at 8:18 am

      Woooo enjoy Miami!

      I think I shall have to book that tour for one weekend. It looks great

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    Suki F
    April 8, 2014 at 2:08 am

    These are all fantastic, but my favorite one is in Cuba. Have you heard about Callejon de Hamel? Simply amazing and a lot of fun with the street performers during the weekends.

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      Jayne
      April 8, 2014 at 8:18 am

      I’ve been to Cuba and saw the street performers but not the street art. Shall have to look it up!

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    Sofia Rhodes
    April 10, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Even I like graffiti,I like to watch them as they are just anonymous and definitely tells a story,even this is art.I like your post very much.I would like to see more.

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    Alicia
    April 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Lovely pictues, I’m also always looking for street art, thank you for sharing!
    I’ve created a blog myself, I’d be happy if you could check it out 🙂
    http://wonderlandgb.blogspot.com.es/

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      Jayne
      April 23, 2014 at 11:08 am

      Thank you – I love your pictures of London street art. Thanks for sharing with me 🙂

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    janneke
    April 13, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Love your pictures, and love that you get to see so much of the world 😉 Love travelling and blogging about travelling as well!

    I will follow you, love to read more about you!

    ciao! Janneke

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      Jayne
      April 23, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Thanks – I love those things too 😉

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    Hamish Healys
    April 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Toronto, New York, London, Miami. I’ve seen some of the street art in a few of these places, even in Chinatown. I feel this is something a city government should be involved in by way of encouragement rather than having vandals do some crazy, dirty-looking graffiti.

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      Jayne
      April 23, 2014 at 11:10 am

      So true, in Toronto I believe the Government does support some of the more talented artists and in London many businesses are now commissioning artists to decorate their buildings. It’s quite interesting to see the differing attitudes

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