..Over the course of my collective ten weeks in Europe between two study abroad trips I have been to roughly 16 cities and towns in four countries and I have seen a lot of street art. Now I will be the first person to admit that I am not an art expert, but I know when something looks cool and it took time and talent to complete.
Of course my favorite city in all respects, including graffiti, has to be Florence. There are so many different pieces, a class favorite is definitely the sculpted 3D blue man, who tragically lost his face between summer 2014 and summer 2016. Everyone also loves the stick figure man, who is very simple, and appears in many different situations. Stick figure man was also spotted in Siena which was very exciting to see him outside of Florence. My personal favorite reoccurring Florence art is the classics wearing scuba diving gear. I have loved these ones for two years, and they are always on what look like electrical boxes on the outsides of buildings and they’re normally intricate and colorful. There were two new discoveries this year, more 3D pieces like a nose and ear, and a knit Where’s Waldo. And the best part about Waldo is that he was missing when I walked down that same street two days later, that’s Florence...
A very close second for street art has to be Dublin, and while I was only there for two nights and barely three days I saw a ton of awesome art. Most of them were much larger, colorful and more intricate than those in other cities. I found most of them in the Temple Bar district, except the two window paintings which were on the windows of a Japanese restaurant near the Ha’Penny Bridge. After Florence and Dublin there are just a few pieces that really stuck out to me in a few other cities and train stations.
Venice and Burano
various train stations
VSCO released their 22nd newsletter featuring Type in the Wild, a collection of various typefaces from different VSCO users. The account showcases fonts and words from signs, graffiti, storefronts, and lettering across the world.
I wouldn’t normally be attracted to such a simplistic idea, but I was glad to have looked at the profile. Seeing the collection of photos side-by-side is almost as interesting as seeing each individual work. It’s a surprising interesting and visually satisfying concept.
I’ve included a few of my favorite pictures below, and suggest you check out the full profile if you have a chance (it only has 6 pages).