Graffiti and Street Art Gone Global (by Nathan)
I love good street art. There is something wonderful about huge murals that express the vibrancy of a place and the people around it. I would never encourage the illegible crap that seems to plague so many places as graffiti, but there is street art around the world worth admiring. There are places with graffiti that is as eye-catching and engaging as anything in any museum. I usually take photos of street murals that I like, seeing them reminds me of the walk through the neighborhood, the excitement of the city and the uniqueness of the culture.
We are currently walking the Camino de Santiago. We began at Pied de Port in France and we will be walking for four weeks. Enjoy this collection of graffiti while we are in transit:
San Francisco has a wonderful collection of beautiful murals. The Mission neighborhood includes enormous buildings and blocks of alleyways full of intricate paintings. The murals express a medley of Mexican cultural heritage, surreal landscapes and just about anything and everything else.
The expressive and slightly disturbing piece of art is the furry pair of eyebrows and staring eyes that have found us several times when walking around in Venice Los Angeles.
Valparaiso is a neighborhood on Chile’s coast known for its assortment of colorful assortment of murals.
Montreal had an interesting program to repaint and cover up the eyesores of graffiti with a street art competition to paint industrial buildings.
Graffiti is political and colorful, and always creative in ways that I could never have guessed. It can be enjoyed by everyone and easily replaced when the next artists has a better idea. The artwork provides life to blank walls and lonely walkways.