Recently, we met Amanda during our Danakil Depression tour in Ethiopia. We quickly learned she is an avid birder (705 bird species spotted in 2015) and traveler. Best of all, she shares my obsession for street art. I asked her to share a few of her favorite pieces, and she enthusiastically accepted.
I wasn’t sure what to expect on our trip to Bratislava. We hadn’t gone with the intention of hunting down street art, but we always keep an eye out for interesting work. Stopping for a coffee break and some wi-fi to look up additional information about the city is when we got our first break. Heather found an article about the Bratislava Street Art Festival and suddenly I was extremely interested. We weren’t lucky enough to be there while it was still going on, but the article gave a description of where the festival had taken place.
My first question upon arrival in Reykjavik was, could there been any surprises left for Iceland? Having just traversed the Ring road and seen all of Iceland’s natural marvels, I knew it was going to take something special to wow me. I am happy to say that it rose to the task. Reykjavik is the capital city of Iceland and houses just over one third of the countries 323,000 residents. From a city whose reputation as a hot spot for nightclubs is world renowned, it had a lot of other surprises to offer us. Especially in the Street Art department. Within 5 mins of being on the ground we had spotted several examples of prime work, and I continued to do so throughout our walk. To see more street art in other cities see a full list here.
I got sent to St Petersburg, Florida for work and had about 5 days, mostly late afternoons and evenings, to explore the area. I had kept my eye out for signs of street art on my drives, but hadn’t really seen much to speak of. I was down to my last few hours and swinging by a local favorite the “Taco Bus” for some food before heading to the airport when I finally struck pay dirt. I clearly hadn’t been checking enough alleys; unfortunately they were working alleys so I had to share with a bunch of cars which lead to some photos taken at strange angels. Interested in seeing more street art check here, interested in seeing my guide to street art check here. On a side note I was particularly delighted to see support from “New Belgium Brewing” for one of the pieces.
A recent outing had us spending the day in Baltimore, Maryland and a chance meeting with a knowledgeable local directed us to some of their fine street art. We had been in the area several times in the past, but I had never really come across too much of what the area had to offer in the form of street art. Turns out I had just been searching in the wrong areas, not to mention much to my surprise Baltimore has a mural program; which I fully support. On top of that you can even Google Map “Graffiti Alley” and be directed to a passageway filled with color. I may have underestimated you, Baltimore. If you would like to see more street art click here.
Paris is one of those places you just expect to find street art. However, upon first arrival my findings were quite scarce. With some searching I noticed that you have to get off the main roads, and head for the smaller neighborhood streets. After that adjustment I started to encounter a taste of what the city had to offer. We were only in Paris for a few days so I am anxious to go back and do some more exploring. Interested in seeing more Street Art check Here. Want to find out more about Street Art checkout my guide Here.