At OpenCity Projects, we love that street art brings beauty, subversiveness and alternative voices to our public spaces. Here’s five of the coolest street art projects we covered in 2015.
Street art is not illegal in Bogotá—the maximum penalty is akin to a parking ticket. And since relaxing restrictions in 2011, the city has seen its walls explode with color and creativity. Artists come from around the world to participate; an estimated 5,000 murals now cover the city, and new ones go up every week. (Read more)
A new project by Brazilian-French street artist Suriani, who creates graffiti depicting drag artists to encourage debate around “the rise of conservative manifestations against the equality of rights in France and abroad.” (Read more)
Artists Shalak Attack, Bruno Smoky and Fiya Bruxa of Essencia Collective drew inspiration from Corktown’s past, its stories overlapping one another and serving as a glimpse into its historic evolution. The portraits characterize the various journeys people of Corktown have taken; from an immigrant’s voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, to the test of time as a retired bricklayer who has dedicated their life to working in a factory. (Read more)
Walking the streets of Valparaiso, Chile’s historic port city, one encounters a gallery in the steep hill-side streets. The sides of buildings, staircases and cobble-stone alleys are punctuated by vivid works of art that leaves little room for the banal. The art (for the most part) is free of tagging or vandalism and offers a sense that the grafitti is welcome and respected form of Valparaiso’s cultural fabric. (Read more)