People love visiting cities for art, music, and general creative endeavours. Many people visit Paris to see the Louvre or visit Museum Island in Berlin to see some of the most iconic and interesting art pieces that the world has to offer. But what about the alternative artists who prefer to present their creations through a different, more public medium – the streets of the cities they live in?
That’s right what about all of the amazing and unique street art that the world has to offer – why don’t more people travel to cities that accommodate these types of artists?
Well, in recent years tourism surrounding this form of art has been increasing, as more and more local governments are starting to understand the value that beautiful street art can add to the urban environments in which these artists reside. If you’re interested in street art, consider visiting one of the following 3 cities.
Lisbon, the capital and largest city in the Mediterranean powerhouse country of Portugal, is one of the few cities around the world that truly value the art that their street creators produce.
Not only does the city have plenty of walkways and streets that are completely decorated by local artists, but they also have rotating exhibitions from some of the most popular international street artists that are allowed to come and create on walls mandated by the city.
To get a taste of the laid-back Portuguese lifestyle visit Lisbon to see the Moreira walk and some beautiful fado-themed art pieces on your travels.
New York, United States
New York is one of the largest cultural and artistic hubs on the planet. It’s home to everything from the most impressive monuments to the hottest MLB expert picks and most impressive stadiums. So, it only makes sense that the city is also a must-visit when speaking about street art.
Artists like the world famous Banksy have many pieces on show in the city, and there are many boroughs that give artists the creative freedom to paint, spray, and produce art as they, please. Queens used to be the hub for street art in the city, but recently it seems like wherever you decide to go in New York City, you will find an interesting array of murals and art.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is a cultural and artistic melting pot for all different types of mediums. Whether its music, comedy, drama or more tangible forms of art, like street art, the city is a booming place for any creatives and artists to live in.
Apart from the colourful houses of the city, Cape Town has many different street art installations that you can visit while travelling around the urban areas. Even some of the more suburb-like regions of the city boast street art detailing the difficult history of the city. The art in Cape Town is mostly political and carries with it a sense of reconciliation and meaning.