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April 18, 2019

Slovenia: Ljubljana, Street Art

Filed under: Europe, Photography, Slovenia, Street Art, Travel, Travel, Writing — Tags: , , , , , — anotherheader @ 10:41 am

It is this piece that triggered the concerns of the Floridians.

During our visit to Ljubljana Slovenia we went on an English language walking tour through the old town. Joining the group were a couple of Brits, a pair of sisters from Tijuana, and several Americans. At one point the guide stopped to provide background about the place we were standing. One American on the tour, from Florida, asked a question about a piece of street art visible on a semi-abandoned building. (more…)

December 31, 2018

San Francisco: Street Art


“In Memory of Pico Sanchez”, Mel C. Waters, Clarion Alley, 2010

Pretty much every major metropolitan city has street art. San Francisco is no exception. Like many upscale cities San Francisco’s street art tends to be confined to particular areas. Exuberant art does not spill out in all sorts of unexpected places like it does in rougher cities like Valparaiso Chile. (more…)

December 22, 2018

San Francisco: Haight Street Art Center, A Ralph Steadman Retrospective


“Bombing in Las Vegas” Ralph Steadman (1972)

Urban areas often have a variety of interesting and free things to do and to see. It is one of the things I like most about cities. This is no commitment tourism; you show up and look. If it is not interesting you leave. There’s no motivation to get your full value out of the price of admission. (more…)

September 26, 2017

Sicily: Palermo Street Art

Filed under: Architecture, Europe, Italy, Photography, Street Art, The List, Travel, Writing — Tags: , , , , , , — anotherheader @ 9:05 am

I gather that ENNE_ink is a tattoo artist.

Conditions in Palermo are ideal for street art. The city is large enough to support an art scene. At the same time, it is poor enough that the municipality can’t afford to remove every mark the walls that appears. Indeed, building owners sometimes solicit street art. It can be an improvement over the urban decay. (more…)

May 14, 2017

Sardinia: Cagliari Street Art

Filed under: Europe, Italy, Photography, Street Art, Travel, Travel, Writing — Tags: , , , , , , — anotherheader @ 1:32 pm

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With 150,000 people Cagliari is not quite large or artsy enough to have a full-blown street art scene equivalent to what you see in London or Paris. The density of street art is, to some extent, a measure of the urbanity of a city. That said, if you keep your eyes open there is some interesting pieces scattered through the city. (more…)

March 1, 2017

France: Marseille’s Street Art

Filed under: Europe, France, Photography, Street Art, Travel, Travel, Writing — Tags: , , , , , — anotherheader @ 10:23 pm

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Street art flourishes at the economic edge. With a quarter of its population living below the poverty line, Marseille has edginess in abundance. It also has plenty of street art. (more…)

January 11, 2016

Portugal: Lisbon’s Street Art

Filed under: Europe, Photography, Portugal, Street Art, Travel, Travel, Writing — Tags: , , , , — anotherheader @ 5:35 am

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Street art thrives at the edges of modern society. Generally poorer areas get more their share of volunteer art. Undoubtedly some of this is inadvertent editing; the richer areas can afford the cost of cleaning every mark off of a wall as soon as they appear. There’s also the motivation of a larger pool of the young and disenfranchised that use the walls of a city to express themselves. Portugal is and has been one of the poorest countries in Western Europe for decades. Not surprisingly, its capitol Lisbon is a hot bed of street art. (more…)

December 17, 2014

England: London Street Art

Filed under: Europe, London, Photography, Street Art, Travel, Travel, United Kingdom, Writing — Tags: , , , , — anotherheader @ 12:51 am

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With free entry at many of its museums, art is easy to see in London. And in London, as in many cities, art is not confined to the indoor spaces of the museums. Street art, sometimes sanctioned, sometimes not, is everywhere. Walking about searching for street art has become a habit of ours. I don’t think we will break it soon. (more…)

May 21, 2021

Estonia: Tartu

Filed under: 2019 Baltic, Architecture, Estonia, Europe, Photography, Street Art, Travel, Travel, Writing — Tags: , , , , , — anotherheader @ 4:12 am

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From Riga Latvia we continued by car to Tartu Estonia, the final bonafide Baltic State of our Baltic road trip.  If you are keeping score it was our canine companion Gigi’s 25th country visited, pretty good for a dog, or human, particularly one less than ten years old.

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March 25, 2019

Slovakia: Bratislava, Urban Art


“Street art Corp. EGO / VANITY” from Bratislava’s street art festival

Bratislava has numerous impressive pieces of public art. In 2017, Bratislava was ranked as the third richest region of the European Union by GDP (on Purchasing Power Parity or PPP) per capita after only Hamburg and Luxembourg City. It is not a poor city, and the street art reflects the Bratislava’s relative affluence. Unlike poorer places, Marseille for example, most of the art on the streets we noticed was clearly planned and considered. Many of the pieces we spotted were grand in scale and required permission and advance logistical planning. The art in central Bratislava is less spontaneous and subversive than what can see in less affluent and less controlled areas of the world. It’s not graffiti art produced surreptitiously in the middle of the night. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but it is a distinctive difference. (more…)

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