Travel Picks: Top 10 cities for street art

Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:58am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Some of the world's most creative artwork lives - often temporarily -- on buildings, walls, and sidewalks.

Travel website Travel and Leisure ( has come up with a list of the best cities for street art. Reuters has not endorsed this list.

"Street art can change your relationship to a place," said Marc Schiller, cofounder of, a website devoted to street art. "It opens up your peripheral vision, so you start to notice things you didn't before."

1. Los Angeles

Some of Los Angeles' best spotting grounds are in La Brea, particularly North La Brea Avenue around Melrose Avenue and Beverly Boulevard. Banksy - easily the world's most famous street artist - has left his mark here in several spots just outside the Beverly Cinema. You might also see Warhol-style colorized photo portraits from relative newcomer MBW.

2. Berlin

In the 20 years since the demolition of the Berlin Wall, street artists have been steadily invading the city's easterly districts, particularly the neighborhoods of Mitte, Kreuzberg, and Friedrichshain where the longest-remaining piece of the wall still stands. Look for striking stenciled figures from artists Alias and Xoooox and the signature, spray-painted shaking fists of native Berliner Kripoe.

3. Manhattan

In Chelsea, the city's main gallery district, the block of 21st Street between 10th and 11th avenues is a good place for street art. The walls outside and across from the Eyebeam Gallery are almost always thickly decorated. Look for intricate wheatpaste designs which are painted, drawn, cut out, and then affixed like sheets of wallpaper, from street artists like Gaia, Imminent Disaster, and Swoon and bold posters from Shepard Fairey and Dain; and mosaic-tile aliens and robots from Invader. 4. Brooklyn, New York City   Continued...

<p>Street artist Nase of the Netherlands spray-paints on a wall in Buenos Aires, June 9, 2009. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci</p>