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Old industrial signs co-exist with modern street art in Birmingham

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Robin Valk
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Birmingham has some terrific street art. But paint on walls is not new. The city's industrial legacy also means you can still spot century-old paintwork, weathered and battered, adorning the walls of buildings that have completely changed or which now lie derelict, awaiting redevelopment.

In one case, in Digbeth (above), that ancient paintwork has been lovingly restored. In fact, Digbeth is just about the perfect place to spot street art, both old and new, co-existing in harmony.

Here's some of what you can see if you take a stroll around the cultural quarter.

Under the arches outside the Custard Factory, by Gibb Street.

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 Still under the arches, on the path to Floodgate Street.

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Strolling up Floodgate to Fazeley.

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Heading up Fazeley, back to town. 

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This is one side of the Mission Print building…

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... And this is another.

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Hang a left on New Bartholomew Street and look up.

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What are your favourite old signs around town? And your favourite modern-day street art?

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