If you want to get to know a city, hit the streets. From the lush smell of street food wafting through the air to local businesses hawking everything from spices to souvenirs, streets can say a lot about a city – and so it’s no wonder they’re also the subject (and location) of so much great art.
In a year when we’ve all stuck a little closer to home and found a stronger sense of community within the confines of our neighbourhoods, we’re celebrating the people who have given our thoroughfares a much-needed splash of colour. From New Delhi to Chicago, we asked ten well-known street artists to choose the one artwork of theirs that best represents the spirit of their hometown.
The results spanned a mix of media and moods. In Melbourne, a sky-high mural celebrates the people who live in the city’s poorest housing complexes. In Mexico City, one artist’s stickers have become synonymous with that sprawling metropolis. And in Montreal and Sydney, we see touching memorials to heroes both local and international.
But one little thing they all had common? Take a look at any of their works, and there’s no way you’ll not want to head straight out your front door and hit up the city streets for yourselves. Now that’s the mark of really, really great art.