The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street. -Robert Doisneau
On our walks, I’m always on the lookout for creative messages from artists and activists who leave their mark on a city. I love the element of surprise–turning a corner and finding a remarkable creative work.
Some artists use spray paint and stencils; others use posters and stickers. In cities like Chicago, New York, and Vancouver, street installations and sculpture highlight and beautify specific places–like Millennium Park, Columbus Circle, and English Bay.
Here are some of my favorite street art discoveries:
Graffiti Art, St. Kilda’s Beach, Australia
The community of St. Kilda, a short train ride from Melbourne, is a wonderful combination of a relaxed beach scene and urban cool.
Graphic Art, Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is famous for its street art. I loved the juxtaposition of the quote on this gritty urban street.
Poster Art, Madrid, Spain
This poster was so large that it dominated the park and skyline in section of Madrid. I included a few people in this shot to give you a sense of its size.
Prints, Florence, Italy
The works of the anonymous artist, Blub, appear all over the streets of Florence. These prints playfully reproduce famous works of art like Michelangelo’s David or images of famous people like Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci and Amy Winehouse, all wearing scuba goggles.
Inuksuk Sculpture in English Bay, Vancouver, B.C.
This inuksuk sculpture helps create a wonderful, peaceful place to view the harbor. It’s one of my favorite places in Vancouver.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #44 is your chance to highlight Street Art in any form, such as posters, graffiti, prints, stencils, sculptures, or installations. We’re looking forward to seeing the art you found on streets of the towns and cities close to home or all over the world.
Last week, Tina’s wonderful Harmony theme inspired many of us to think about how colors impact our shots and/or what harmony means to us. We always love seeing your diverse individual interpretations each week. No two posts are ever alike!
Have you seen these…
- Ana at Anvica’s Gallery gives us some beautiful examples of color harmony.
- Debbie at Travel with Intent shares her favorite place where she finds true harmony.
- If you need more detailed instructions, click here.
Stop by when it’s Ann-Christine’s turn to host challenge #46. Wishing you week of inspiration and unexpected discoveries.