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STREET ART 1


There's brilliant street art and graffiti all over the world, with festivals popping up in more and more places. Here's just some of what I've come across in my travels, beginning with London & England plus Scotland. MORE STREET ART

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eng4000There's lots of superb graffiti, murals and street art around Shoreditch and Old Street in east London. The Tube carriages form part of Village Underground, an arts venue and creative community - London

 

eng4022This is my favourite; Superman holds up a leaning lamp-post just off Brick Lane. I went back a few weeks later and it had gone. Shame! - London

 

eng4027Also off Brick Lane is a Palestinian child cleverly made from text - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4019Meanwhile the Queen plays the accordion - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4017There's several 'stiks' in and around Brick Lane. This one is unusual as it's one of the few expressing anger/frustration - London

 

eng4003aThis hedgehog, or long haired rodent (you decide!) by Belgian artist ROA is opposite Shoreditch High Street station - London

 

eng4006aKeep a beady eye out for quirky artwork, especially in east London. These roaming animals, by Art is Trash, are on double yellow lines near the 'hedgehog' - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4026Huge wall murals, again near Brick Lane. For anyone who doesn't know Brick Lane, it's a famous curry mile near Liverpool Street in east London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4008A mural dedicated to an American teenager killed in USA. I can't remember the story to this so please pass on if you know - London

 

eng4032Ghost Driver, now preserved like a museum piece near Liverpool Street, is a Banksy. Above the car is Ronzo's Crunchy Credit, chewing on a pound coin - London

 

eng4063A ribboned, cigar smoking woman by street artist Otto Schade - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4072Brightly coloured owls are Dscreet's signature - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4071Horizontal Stik was originally in the vertical black frame but later appeared being 'carried away' (above) by big Stik. Like it! London

 

eng4080Pure Evil depicts bleeding eyes, in 3D, as well as cartoon bunnies. He has a gallery on Leonard Street - London

 

eng4085'Just Look At This' along with Stik and several others - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4090El Mac's Mexican peasant farmer - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4094eng4093Vhils (tag on the right) chipped away at plaster to reveal this superb portrait (noone famous as far as I know) - London

 

eng4163Definitely check out Rivington Street which has so much quality street art - London

 

eng4166I love this cheeky fox - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4175These miniature faces, with eyes closed, just started appearing in 2014, signed off by Gzegos - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4167Ben Wilson decorates chewing gum left on the streets. Councils tried to prosecute him but it was ruled that though the pavement was public property, the gum wasn't, therefore no crime was committed - London

 

eng4169Perspex protects most Banksy's that haven't already been removed for profit, this one being in the grounds of Cargo, a bar on Rivington Street - London

 

eng5657Hidden behind tarpaulin near the BT Tower is an obscured view of another Banksy: 'If graffiti changed anything - it would be illegal' - London

 

eng4176A sprinting panther, with an oxygen tank on its back? - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4187'99% of people will not notice this' - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4185Jonesey places his bronze sculptures on road signs. Easy to miss! London

 

eng4191Here a child plucks nuclear signs from the ground. Otto Schade often comments on environmental issues - London

 

eng6427Another good area for street art is Hackney Wick, across the canal from the Olympic Park in Stratford - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng6431Shithouse to Penthouse - plenty of street art going on in this derelict building close to the Crate Brewery - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng6425The entrance to the canalside No.90 Bar & Kitchen in Hackney Wick - London

 

eng6496I thought this mural at Brixton market was someone famous, but it's a portrait of one of the market stallholders - London

 

eng6434Stik comes in many guises. Street art on the South Bank - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng4947The graffiti tunnel on Leake Street, a few blocks behind the London Eye - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng6255This David Bowie mural opposite Brixton tube station serves as a homage to the singer. He died in January 2016, a year before this photo was taken - London

 

eng6261Brixton has an atmosphere all of its own, a bohemian place with a strong Afro-Caribbean flavour, niche shops and a hefty dose of street art - London

 

 

eng99One of many paintings by street artist Banksy.
This is Chalk Farm Maid, opposite Chalk Farm tube station in north west London. Oops! It's now been painted over.
More info on Banksy art locations and his official site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1158A slightly worse for wear Banksy at Bethnal Green, east London. The double yellow lines of the flower used to carry on to the pavement and to the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng6435A Hitchcock street mural off Leytonstone High Road - London

 

eng6248(Commissioned?) street art on the streets of Walthamstow, a short bus ride from Leytonstone in east London

 

england2070An eye catching shop shutter on the way to Walthamstow - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

england2120The entrance to the Copeland Park Industrial Estate. Peckham's got a lively nightlife especially around Blenheim Grove and the Levels, a converted indoor car park - London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

england2126Walk along the Regent's Canal towpath from King's Cross to Camden - London

 

eng1415Graffiti on a shop wall in The Lanes - Brighton, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1427Graffiti at St George's Mews - Brighton, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1782A ladies toilet door in a Winchester, England pub. Luckily the scenario of a woman opening the door to a guy with camera didn't play out...

 

 

eng1812In the summer/autumn of 2011 Salisbury Cathedral hosted Conflux, an excellent exhibition by Sean Henry - Salisbury, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1824Part of the Conflux message is that the holy is in all people, like the ordinary working man. The young self looking at the old self - Salisbury, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1828The sculptures are dotted around all nooks and crannies of the Cathedral - Salisbury

 

eng2458On the way to the Custard Factory, in Digbeth, is this mural dedicated to former US President John F Kennedy - Birmingham, England

 

eng2480The Custard Factory is a fantastic mix of independent shops, boutiques and visual art and installations - Birmingham, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2459The Custard Factory dresses up - Birmingham, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2468It was easily my favourite attraction in Birmingham, England

 

eng2477From what the locals said the paint on this piece was still drying - Custard Factory, Birmingham, England

 

eng2822Slow going: Walking between Westgate Road and Neville Street - Newcastle, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2828The Queen says hi - Newcastle, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2920Graffiti on Parr Street in the Ropewalks quarter - Liverpool

 

eng2922Social comment in Ropewalks - Liverpool

 

eng2942Cute Lambananas are all over Liverpool, made following the city being the European Capital of Culture in 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng2946'A Case History' is an interesting and quirky sculpture on Hope Street, between the city's two cathedrals - Liverpool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng6051'Get your fringe benefits here' - graffiti in a run-down building on the seafront - Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England

 

scotland694Upside legs wearing wellies, of course! Oban, Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland714Mural outside a shop on the way down from McCaig's Tower - Oban, Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland924The Kelpies are absolutely stunning and in my opinion a must see - Falkirk, Scotland

 

 

scotland930The steel structures were completed in 2013 and opened to the public the following year, a gateway to an extension of the Forth and Clyde Canal - Falkirk, Scotland

 

 

scotland941Sculptor Andy Scott's inspiration for The Kelpies comes from the mythological shapeshifting water-horses (aka kelpies), combined with the role horses played in canal transport in years gone by - Falkirk, Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland961When in Falkirk I read that Andy Scott had other sculptures in the nearby city of Alloa, Scotland. This is 'I Can See For Miles', immediately outside the train station

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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