Best graffiti spots in Hong Kong
Without a doubt the most recognisable and photographed example of street art in Hong Kong. Local graffiti artist Alex Croft’s colourful mural of old townhouses seems to continuously have tourists and local Instagrammers alike hanging around seeking a snapshot. Originally a commissioned piece for lifestyle brand GOD’s store around the corner, the art is now a must-see attraction itself. Opposite The Globe, 45-53 Graham St, Central.
Madrid-based street artist Okuda San Miguel completely transformed an ordinary residential building with his mural Rainbow Thief as part of HK Walls’ 2016 city-wide street art festival. Covering the entire facade of the building in his signature multicoloured geometric patterns, which together form the shape of a bear, he turned a humdrum location into one of the city’s most Instagrammable buildings. 180 Tai Nan St, Sham Shui Po.
Elevating street art to a new level, renowned Paris-based street artist Hopare’s striking portrait of an Asian woman’s face is hard to miss, and to forget. Composed of his signature geometric lines and a palette of bright colours – a few pink dolphins float nearby – the artwork wouldn’t be out of place in a gallery. Luckily for us, that’s not the case and we can admire it any time we walk through Sai Wan. You can also find another of his masterpieces in Tank Lane as well. Chung Ching St, Sai Ying Pun.
Renowned New York street artist Jerkface left his mark in Wan Chai with this Astro Boy and Felix the Cat mashup. Best known for manipulating images of popular culture and combining unrelated characters and cartoons together as a way to challenge people’s preconceived ideas, you can find another signature work of his on Peel Street featuring Popeye. 2 Star St, Wan Chai.
This MK alleyway is like a grassroots gallery to regularly discover new local and international artists like Parents Parents and Orlando Campbell. Though there’s always new works popping up over existing graffiti from one visit to the next, the myriad of incredible street art that overlays the two block-long section of wall is a sight to behold. Alleyway between Argyle St and Bute St, Mong Kok.
A collaboration between renowned British street artist Dan Kitchener (also known as Dank) and Charles Williams, this gorgeous mural painted in Kitchener’s typical urban impressionism-style – think soft neon lighting – is a unique depiction of a rainy Hong Kong evening. Inspired by charity Feeding Hong Kong, the street art also features the phrase ‘don’t let it go to waste’ in Chinese. Both a good photo op and some food for thought. 48 Elgin St, Central.
The man behind the iconic ‘Hope’ poster of Barack Obama, Shepard Fairey painted several large-scale murals around the city in 2017 when he was in town for a solo exhibition. While a few have sadly been painted over, this particular piece done in collaboration with Project C Change – a Hong Kong-based social enterprise dedicated to raising awareness of conservation – remains. In his signature bold red, white, black and yellow colours, the eye-catching elephant mural features Fairey’s famous Obey motif as well. Ki Ling Lane, Sai Ying Pun.
Legendary street artist Invader has made multiple undercover trips to our SAR and left his mark at various spots all across town during each visit. Many of his work have since sadly removed – including the iconic Hong Kong Phooey in Happy Valley – but his most recent piece at Harbour City, featuring the ghosts from Pac-Man in his signature retro video game-style, has been winning new fans.
Temple Street has no shortage of mahjong parlours. Sing Lei sits at the centre of Temple Street Market attracting customers with its gaudy rainbow-coloured neon signage. As if that’s not enough, this caricature is an eye-catching new addition that features Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, Rodrigo Duterte and Shinzo Abe battling against each other via mahjong. A much safer route to world peace. 385 Nathan Rd, Yau Ma Tei.
Taking advantage of its prime location on Aberdeen Street, fine-art photography gallery La Galerie 1839 paints and updates its mural art in accordance with its latest art exhibition. Right now, the wall is filled with multi-coloured kaleidoscope-like circles against a stark black background inspired by French artist Cyril Delettre’s Eclosions series. Keep an eye on the space for new creations. 74 Hollywood Rd, Central.
Another product of street art festival HK Walls – this time, the 2017 Wong Chuk Hang edition – Spanish artist Spok’s massive mural of dragon/snake hybrid entangling a giant hand is an eye-catching piece that occupies an entire side of the E Tat Factory Building. While it’s not ideal for photoshoots due to its sheer size, the bold colours and dramatic imagery of the street art is already famous in the neighbourhood. 4 Heung Yip Rd, Wong Chuk Hang.
Image: HK Walls
Just around the corner from Spok’s creature is another brilliant artwork, this time created by French artist Zoer. Unlike most street art in Hong Kong, this mural is different from the usual spray paint or stencil kind and is designed to look akin to a watercolour. Depicting a man with an umbrella standing atop of a car, Zoer’s shading technique is well spending a minute or two to admire. Yip Fat St, Wong Chuk Hang.
Image: HK Walls
Brightening Hong Kong’s busiest and most crowded neighbourhood, Mong Kok, are these three long flights of stairs on Public Square Street. They’ve been brightly painted with six sets of flowers in various colours. Whether you’re planning a sit-down pose or a candid shot walking up, the staircase is a perfect backdrop for any social media pic. 80 Public Square St, Mong Kok.
In collaboration with Uma Nota, locally-based street artist team Elsa Jeandedieu – made up of three talented ladies – has created a pastel portrait of a woman with a flower headdress against the pink wall. There’s space enough for you to stand next to it and pose a laugh together. And if you’re a fan of team Jeandedieu’s work, there’s another captivating wall painting located on Ladder Street outside of Anhao Wellness. 38 Peel St, Central.
Local illustrator Messy Desk joined forces with South Korean artist Seenaeme to conjure this incredibly long mural on Ovolo Southside that takes over the entire length of the alleyway between Yip Fat Street and Wong Chuk Hang Road. Combining both artist’s dense, cartoon character-packed designs in an individually distinctive style, walking along the alley is like stepping into the pages of a comic book. 64 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang.
Image: HK Walls
This Grade II historic building in Sheung Wan recently received a face lift courtesy of this colourful mural by local artist Cheng Ka-yan and i-dArt, an initiative under Tung Wah Group of Hospitals that promotes social inclusion for artists with disabilities via their art. Its original red brick facade has been transformed into a huge paper collage decorated with words that include the names of deities and snippets of common prayers relevant to the hall. 40 Tai Ping Shan St, Sheung Wan.
If you’re looking for the perfect Instagram background or even an edgy headshot, look no further than this geometric rainbow pattern over on Square Street. Created by Pasha Wais as part of Current Projects, the surrounding section of Rich View Terrace is covered entirely by diagonal shapes painted in a spectrum of colours. 26-50A Square St, Sheung Wan.
Paying tribute to local icon Bruce Lee, South Korean graffiti artist Xeva used his signature mosaic technique to create this large mural capturing the likeness of the martial arts superstar. Strike a jeet kune do pose next to the graffiti at this staircase for the perfect Hong Kong snapshot. Tank Ln, Sheung Wan.
Image: HK Walls
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