Some of the most interesting art in Europe isn’t on the walls of the museums, nor is it in hob-nobby galleries along the boulevards. It’s outside, spraypainted and glued to the walls of the city. Wandering the streets you can find the most compelling pieces on the walls virtually everywhere you look.
Here’s a collection of some of the pieces I found littering the walls over the course of a 3 week trip to France, Italy, Croatia and Montenegro.
Bear in mind that street art can be a lot of things, not just graffiti, but also graffiti. It exists where you least expect it and if you’re willing to look around, especially in Europe you’ll be surprised at what you see.
As a side note: I found that a lot of the best graffiti work in Europe is located along train tracks were the artists have added quiet to do what they do, but maybe not safety. You’ll see this stuff only while whizzing by it at a hundred miles per hour or pulling into stations where you have a hard time shooting it.
Maybe one day I’ll make a point of getting some it from track level but until then, it’ll have to remain a split-second blurry splash of color as I see it from the window of the train.
Here’s a collection of what I found on the streets of Europe. Enjoy!
Mestre, Italy – To Be Famous Is So Nice
“Run doesn’t help, you have to leave on time.” – Venice
Heart in a Bag – Venice
The following photos are of the work of a mysterious French artist called Invader. A child of the 80’s, his namesake work, the Space Invader, is installed in rogue fashion all over the city of Paris, but also in urban metropolises the world round. He creates mosaics of the iconic little buggers and glues them to the walls, many in impossible places.
Notice the score.
Found in Aix en Provence