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Found Street Art, Europe-style

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!

Paris

Paris

Paris

Mestre, Italy – To Be Famous Is So Nice

Venice

Venice

“Run doesn’t help, you have to leave on time.”  – Venice

Heart in a Bag – Venice

Venice

Mostar, Bosnia

Mostar

Dubrovnik

Kotor

Kotor

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.

Invader made an appearance, or should I say his Invaders did, in the recent film about the artist Banksy: Exit Through the Gift Shop.

I love the ellipses after the Invader in this one, as if inviting a dialog.

Notice the score.

Found in Aix en Provence

 

 

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2 Responses to Found Street Art, Europe-style

  1. Dee 12/01/2010 at 3:54 pm #

    Great Street Art can make one city stand out more then another. Really wish this was an art form more appreciated by others. Amazing shots and thanks for your submission to round 3 Travel Photo Roulette!

    • Nico 12/01/2010 at 5:36 pm #

      Thanks Dee. I actually think it’s coming into its own, what with the arrival of Banksy, Shepard Fairey and others. My goal on every trip I take is to document the street art I see there, small format, medium or large. Sadly a lot of it is in inaccessible places for safe photography.

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