World street art

Fiat lux. Power plant, Bogotá, Colombia.

Simba the lion. Singapore, 2017.

Shere Kahn the tiger. San Francisco, 2016.

Il a un poil dans la main. In French we say of a lazy person “s/he has a hair in the hand”. Obviously can’t work much with a hair in your hand, can you? Tulum, 2020. (Or is that a feather?)

Montreal or Toronto. 2019. (Not too sure). (c)ourtesy Alex. Canada, that’s “fer” sure…

Smile! Butte-aux-cailles, Paris. 2018.

A study in Zapata. Mexico city airport.

Saint-Ouen flea market, Paris. (That flea market was featured in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.”) (Already said haven’t I?)

20,000 leagues under the sea. Bakalar, Mexico. 2020. (c)ourtesy Gini.

Don’t forget to water the plants. Tlalpan, Mexico city. A joint initiative of the Water authority and Comex, the leading paint manufacturer in Mexico. Many of the water wells are painted with street art. One unique theme: water.

Somewhere under the rainbow… Paris, near Métro Nationale.

One bag of cheetos to go. Canada. Not sure where again. Toronto? (c)ourtesy Alex.

Easter Sunday, Bogotá, Colombia. (Quite appropriate, is it not?)

Think earth. Bangkok. 2018.

A goldfish memory. Bogotá. Colombia.

Let’s go play. Singapore, 2017. This restaurant was completely painted with little boys at play. Quite sweet. (Good beer too)

Eagle warrior. One of the major Aztec warrior castes with the Jaguar warriors. (I seem to remember there was a third caste… will have to go back to Prescott). Mexico city. 2019.

Bangkok art & culture centre. 2018. Garuda the divine bird is second from left.

San Francisco. 2016.

Penang by bus. Rastafarai! Penang, Malaysia, 2017. (Of the universality of certain symbols). Jah!

No idea where this was taken. Who cares? Fly away!

Mr Lung, the Dragon. Chinatown, San Francisco, 2016.

Plant a tree. National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Thank you for flying Equinoxio Airways. I normally try to change topics from one post to the other. Just felt the past Paris street art was a wee bit on the “tags and rags” side. Needed some variety… Stay safe. 😷

96 thoughts on “World street art

  1. That’s a lot of really great street art. My favorites are Rastafari in Malaysia and the blue dragon. Have you read the December Poetry Challenge poem about Mexican winter? I think you might enjoy it. Gracias, Rebecca

  2. Fly Away est à Florence peint par un (probablement, sinon une) artiste qui s’appelle Exit Enter, https://exitenter.it/
    Merci et une douce et souriante journée à toi Brieuc.
    PS. J’ai beaucoup fréquenté Florence. La mécanique des lasers de aeolus vient de Campi Bisenzio, juste à côté de Florence.

    • Serait-ce à Florence? Il me semblait avoir pris ce cliché à Paris vers la Rue de Seine. Ah! Je peux vérifier avec l’info de la Photo.
      Quelle chance as-tu avec Florence. Aeolus était vraiment un projet interantional. Je pourrais passer des mois à Florence demain, sans hésiter…
      Bonne nuit cher ami. A+

    • Spot on. I think street art has exploded from tags and graffiti to a major art form. Plus my attention was drawn to it around 2015 by Pau l Bell. He does good on Street art too…
      I wouldn’t be surprised that you should have 1009’s of them. All well on the home front? You’re back working at home right?

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  4. I’d love to fly away ☺️ Actually I feel like running away more than I ever did as a teen 😉🙃🙂love these street art images Brian…makes me happy ☺️🙏 hope you’re well ~ hugs hedy

    • The Cheetos girl is fab. A blogger lives in Toronto, she always shows great street art. I think it is a very interesting social phenomenon. The place: the street. The themes. The contrast between our often drab 21st century cities and the colours used to brighten up. Worth studying.

    • Those Canadian street works my daughter brought back last year were very… creative. 😀
      That demon was very strong. Reminded me of a French comics author called Philippe Druillet. Have a great Sunday Liz

  5. Wonderful collection. That’s the nicest looking power plant, by far, that I’ve ever seen. I recognized #5. It’s in Quebec City. I have a pic of it from 2017? So many of these are striking, like Goldfish Memory. I’m glad you captured the simple Fly Away. Such efforts brighten people’s day.

    We have a local artist that does small chalk drawings all over town. They don’t last long and you never know where they’ll appear. Some examples are found on his website: https://zinnart.com/

    Bonne fin de l’année!

    • Yes, it must be Québec. My daughter went to Toronto with her husband and son, then to Québec, and I never remember where she took one shot or the other…
      I always find it wonderful how – perfect – strangers walk in each other’s steps. Happens to me a lot with blogger friends. We sometimes “miss” each other by months…
      I’ll check zinnart…
      Bonnes fêtes.

  6. Thanks for these, Brian. Obviously, I’m of the view that one can never have too much street art. Love that piece on the UNAM building, and “Cheetos Woman” is great as well. I’m also glad to be acquainted with the phrase, “Il a un poil dans la main”. There’s a very high likelihood we’ll be relocating to a French-speaking country in the not too distant future, and it should come in “handy”. Hope all’s well?

    • Those two pieces are great indeed. Obviously I like them all. (Hence the selection), Yet it is always interesting to see one’s preferences… (Once an analyst…)
      A French-Speaking country now? Are there still any? 😉 My curiosity is piqued. You will let us know in due course.
      That expression is quite old. Very… “peasant”. My grandfather used it a lot. And he came from a long line of peasant people. Has to do with grabbing a shovel, spit in your hands for a better grip.
      All well, thank you. Best of luck in your new venture when it is confirmed. Cheers

      • As a university student, I remember visits to my grandfather, an old farmer who at one time ploughed the fields with horses. Without fail he would grab my hands, make a big display of inspecting them, and then announce to anyone in earshot that these were hands that had never seen a days work.
        All will be revealed next year, although I fear I’m now guilty of over dramatizing!!

      • I can well imagine the scene. And a Lake District accent. (I assume there is one!). Precious memories. When I was 6 my grandfather took me to his vegetable garden by the railroad. (He’d upgraded from farmer to railroad man). There were some green leaves in the grey earth. He pulled one. A carrot. Brushed the earth on his blue sleeve. Handed it to me: “here, son. Eat that carrot. The best you’ll ever eat.” I was 6. Looked at the earth on the carrot, and bit. He was right. The best I ever had. 🥕
        Look forward to the announcement…
        Happy New Year again.

      • A lovely story Brian, I think our grandfathers would have had a lot of horticultural conversations – if they’d been able to understand each other. He had a Westmoreland dialect, very important to make the distinction from the Cumberland dialect – they were the former (and rival) counties that were merged in 1974 to become Cumbria. Westmoreland is listed on my birth certificate so I have a bias! Both dialects have Celtic and Norse origins and there were times when it was all but impossible to understand him. He always used the old numbers, so instead of one, two, three it was yan, tyan, tetherie. Almost died out now of course, but the local museum of Lakeland life has lots of old recordings. Makes me feel rather nostalgic.

      • Fantastic. Though my English is rather middle -of-the road “Posh”, I can’t really tell most Brit accents. Scot, of course, Cockney and posh. That’s about it.
        But you confirm that each particular region has its “touch”. (I really need to make that tour of the UK I’ve had on my mind for years.
        Love the detail about the numbers. I will try to commit to memory. My grandfather also had “patois” expressions. Also likely gone now.
        But don’t be nostalgic. YOU remember. That’s enough.
        Tschüß

  7. The amount of incredible art you find around the world on the streets is simply mind-blowing. Such incredible talent and out there for the world to enjoy ~ great finds you have here. The first one, Fiat lux in Bogotá, Colombia is mesmerizing… Cheers to you, my friend!

    • I’m a Gipsy I guess. I am fortunate to travel a bit. And see different things. So I keep my eyes open and see so many different forms of expression… Glad you liked it.
      Fiat lux is a power plant near my my mother-in-law’s place in Bogotá. All the walls are covered with great art.
      Cheers.

  8. Since I was so amazed at the two Canadian pieces, I photo searched them. The first is in Quebec, as has been established, and the cheetos woman I don’t know where it’s located but it’s an art piece called “Breakfast” and it’s by Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart, 2018. I find it extraordinary. Thanks for this entire gallery.

    • Wow. How did you search them? Do you upload the pic for an app to search? If so, tell me how. Please, please?
      And yes, Québec. My daughter had gone with her family to Canada for a vacation. She passed te photos to me, but I did not record where was where…
      Thanks for the info. 🙏🏻

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