Street art is fleeting and controversial. Some people say it is vandalism, while others say it’s a great art form free for all to see. For sure, it is a great backdrop for a photo shoot.
London has one of the biggest and best collections of street art in the world. One of the most famous street artists is Banksy, whose distinctive stencil artwork has regularly appeared in London for more than a decade and often to criticize the government. You can go on the hunt for unique pieces of street art around Shoreditch, Croydon, and Southbank. There is even a street art tour you can go on.
Continue your art journey in Melbourne at the free outdoor galleries in Hosier Lane. With the cobblestone and overflowing art cluster, you will want to take pictures all the way down the street. If you go out shopping just off Bourke Street Mall, look for Union Lane, an ever-changing montage of artworks that cover almost every inch.
New York is another big city full of murals. Unlike Melbourne that has some dedicated streets for street art, New York’s street art are spread out because artists can get fined if caught. You can mostly find them in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan by renowned artists like LMNOPI, Joel Bergner, and Invader, who puts up pixelated tile compositions in cities around the world.
Street art in Singapore tends to depict culture and traditions of the many backgrounds that exist there. You can see a mural by a local artist Yip Yew Chong in Tiong Bahru that is of an old school roadside hawker stall with patrons happily savouring their meal. Head on over to Little India and Jalan Besar to find bold and colourful paintings. More than just a tourist attraction, Chinatown blends the old and new with some nice murals; visit the Amoy Street Food Centre, Smith Street, Kreta Ayer Road and Sago Lane to view them.
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