In this modern age our cities and urban areas are filled with towering buildings and other living spaces packed in together tightly. Often though these suffer from quickly looking dated, grubby or suffer from a lack of upkeep and funds in the area. This can be a real issue for communities as these grim surrounding can be major mood killers, even helping to fuel depression and anxiety. If we aren’t happy with where we live how can we really be comfortable at home? Some communities have banded together in order to make a change and lighten up these drab building faces and they have gone on to make major positive effects. Street art can simply be seen as graffiti but when done right it can bring so much to a community. Here are some of the world’s best places for street art, hopefully they can inspire you to bring some life to yours if you feel this way.
Sao Paulo – Brazil
One of the best places on earth to see amazing street art is a place called Batman Alley in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sao Paolo’s blocks are surrounded by hundreds of snaking alleyways, Batman Alley is one of these. Measuring roughly 100 m long it stands out amongst the rest thanks to its wall to wall hyper-colourful, psychedelic and somewhat abstract art that bring the alley to life in a bombastic way. The art here is incredible, more like an open-air gallery than a graffiti spot. Not only does it display work from local artists but also from street artists from across the globe. It’s forever changing so there will always be something new and inspiring to view here.
Bristol – UK
London might seem like the go to place in the UK for street art voyeurs but if you’re hoping to visit a place that really appreciates the form then you’re perhaps better off heading to Bristol. Bristol is perhaps best known as the birthplace of one of the world’s most famous street artists, Banksy. As such you’ll find many of his original works around here as well as the results of the ‘See No Evil’ project. This is an international art project in which multi-storey building have been covered in art by some of the world’s best graffiti artists, it was even dubbed as Europe’s most ambitious permanent art project.
Berlin – Germany
A city described as “the graffiti Mecca of the urban world”, street art can be found covering walls all over Berlin, with pieces varying from political stencils to vivid cartoon like murals. Perhaps the best example here is the East Side Gallery which can be found on a section of the famous Berlin Wall. It stretches to 1.3 km and was given to street artists to decorate just after it was town down in 1989. The famous murals are cared for her so you can see these well-known pieces at their best should you visit them today.