Who needs a canvas when you have walls?
Street art have been transforming neighbourhoods and how!! Once considered destructive, street graffiti is taking the world by storm and is now recognized as a way to breathe life into dilapidated walls, by transforming entire buildings into works of art.
Created on surfaces in public places like exterior building walls, highway overpasses, and sidewalks, Street art in urban areas, convey a message of either political ideas or social commentaries.
Originating thousands of years ago, contemporary street art, can be traced back to the late 1960s.
Street art, which was initially illegal and seen as vandalism, has turned into a legitimate form of presenting artistic contents, and has a great potential to increase tourism related activities.
Murals have become the visiting cards of many cities and an important part of their tourism.
Walking tours, street art festivals and culture tours increase footfalls and generate revenue in such places that are offbeat and boast of further growth of the place through the local community engagement.
Philadelphia has become recognizable as a ‘City of Murals’ and the world’s largest outdoor art gallery.
Internationally renowned, Melbourne has become an attraction for local and overseas visitors experiencing its creative ambience with its murals.
Cape Town, South Africa is one of the best cities in the world for street art. The murals can be found just about anywhere.
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Montpellier, France is famed for being one of the most popular student towns in France and this incredible city is home to a plethora of amazing street art.
Toronto, Canada known as the most culturally diverse city in the world and this diversity can be clearly seen through the street art scattered across the city.
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Malaysia’s UNESCO world heritage city of Georgetown is home to one of Asia’s most distinguishable and unique collection of hand painted murals and wrought-iron cartoons.
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London, Montreal, Mexico are just some more cities that have some of the biggest set of un-commissioned street art in the world.
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Here in New Delhi too, St+Art India Foundation a Non Profit organisation aims to embed art in streets. It hosted its first-ever Public Art District in India, with as many as 25 street artists from India and around the world who came together to paint the walls of the iconic Lodhi Colony of Delhi, reclaiming the cities’ civic spaces and simultaneously transforming its urban fabric.
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The next time if you are visiting New Delhi or even if you are a resident, do walk or drive around Lodhi colony’s leafy lanes to admire these beautiful “talking walls” in all its vibrant glory. You are sure to find something happening on the streets all the time, whether it’s a photo shoot, or a music video, or just the neighbours having a jolly time.