15 Fascinating Photos of the Most Colorful Murals in the World
This vibrant street art will brighten your day.
Once the scourge of cities across the world, street art has become much more widely accepted, not only by the general public (thanks, Instagram!) but also the fine arts world, vis-à-vis artists like Banksy and Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose works have sold for $12.1 million and $110.5 million, respectively, at major auction houses. In fact, these days, local governments are even funding the kaleidoscopic walls as a means to boost tourism. Though travel is limited right now, you can still browse through these colorful murals to brighten your day. And for more eye-popping palettes, check out the 23 Stunning Photos of the Most Colorful Towns in the World.
Wynwood Walls, Miami
Artist Kenny Scharf created this mural in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. In 2009, the late developer Tony Goldman transformed the former warehouse district into a thriving arts enclave, at the heart of which is Wynwood Walls, an outdoor street art gallery.
Rainbow Village, Taiwan
In 2008, Huang Yung-Fu, a retired soldier, began painting the remains of his village in Taichung, Taiwan, to peacefully protest its demolition by developers. The plan worked and the area, called Rainbow Village, has been preserved as a park. Huang, now 96, continues to paint today and has taken the moniker Grandpa Rainbow. And for more jaw-dropping imagery, check out the 27 Totally Insane Travel Photos You Won't Believe Are Real.
Artist Maya Hayuk painted her signature motif in Rabat, Morocco, for the city's inaugural Jidar street art festival in 2015. The murals provide an interesting juxtaposition with Morocco's ubiquitous Zellige tiles.
Hosier Lane, Melbourne
It should come as no surprise that artsy Melbourne has an alley dedicated to street art: Hosier Lane. The hashtag #hosierlane returns more than 180,000 photographs on Instagram. And for more stunning spots, here's How to See the World's Most Beautiful Places From Your Couch.
Graffiti Alley, Toronto
Though Toronto's Graffiti Alley was originally covered in illicit tags, today building owners actually commission artists to decorate their exterior walls. There are even walking tours that explain the history of the street art.
Minnesota's Hennepin Theatre Trust brought in Brazilian artist Kobra to create this Bob Dylan mural as a focal point in downtown Minneapolis. A team of six artists worked on the mural 12 hours a day for two weeks in 2015.
Kampung Pelangi, Indonesia
The city of Semarang, Indonesia, contributed more than $20,000 to turn the former slum of Kampung Pelangi into a Insta-worthy destination by painting its houses in vibrant hues. The project was started by school principal Slamet Widodo, who was inspired by other colorful towns across the country.
World Trade Center, New York City
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey teamed up with developer Silverstein Properties to sponsor this series of colorful murals at Manhattan's World Trade Center, brightening up an otherwise monochromatic neighborhood. The designs are by a handful of artists, including Todd Gray, Hektad, Stickymonger, boogieREZ, as well as husband and wife duo Chinon Maria and Sebastian Mitre.
Murals in the Market, Detroit
East Side Gallery, Berlin
One of the most famous street art spots, East Side Gallery in Berlin is an outdoor collection of paintings on the remaining fragments of the Berlin Wall. There are more than 100 murals in the gallery, which in total spans roughly 4,300 feet in length. And for more historic sites, browse through these 50 Vintage Photos That Show What Travel Used to Look Like.
Batman Alley, São Paulo
In São Paulo, Brazil, the bohemian neighborhood of Vila Madalena is home to Batman Alley, a cobblestoned street lined with a variety of eye-popping murals. Want an insider tour? Guests of the Four Seasons São Paulo can book one with acclaimed street artist Speto, who lives and works in the area.
Banksy might be the most famous London street artist (though he originally hails from Bristol, moving to the capital in 2000), but the city attracts thousands of equally talented creative types. Take German artist MadC, who painted this work in Shoreditch, a hub for the street art scene.
First an industrial town, then the heart of the punk rock scene, Manchester today has a creative personality, drawing in designers and artists. Its Northern Quarter is home to hip cafés, boutiques, and plenty of street art.
The colorful, bohemian Barranco neighborhood in Lima, Peru, has long been a haven for creative types, and that includes street artists, who paint murals across the area.