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Graffiti and Public Art Around the World

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AFAR contributors have a passion for wandering and a keen eye for their surroundings, and this inspired me to put together and display my own collection of images of graffiti, street art, and public art that I have gathered in my own travels. Enjoy!
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V Kotcích 516/15, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město, Czechia
Beautiful, kooky old houses like this dotted throughout the city centre really helped Prague live up to my expectations of a fairytale city. Prague was a fascinating contrast of old and new, so it both lived up to my expectations and surprised me
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Bratislava, Slovakia
Artists show their power, in a dark way. Bratislava, Slovakia.
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This was on the wall outside 8Q SAM, Singapore's museum of contemporary art on Queen St. Singapore.
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Reykjavík, Iceland
We got to Reykjavik on a rainy night, and the first thing I saw and heard was a lot of people in the street partying and Cher's "Believe" blasting from some club, loud enough to hear it everywhere. I though then that this place was crazy, but then...
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50 Moganshan Rd, Putuo Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Originally a cotton mill, M50 is now home to a dozen art galleries showcasing contemporary Chinese art. Be sure to visit galleries island6 and M97—island6 takes you through a whirlwind of quirky LED works by art collective Liu Dao. M97, on...
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Hong Kong
"The Cascade"- a stair sculpture that ascends alongside The Centrium building. Hong Kong, China.
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Kadıköy/Istanbul, Turkey
While visiting Istanbul, take an afternoon trip across the Bosphorus to Kadiköy to stock up on food, sweets, and tea. The prices in this Istanbul neighborhood are at least half of those in the touristy Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. You'll also...
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Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
A sculpture of potted gold flowers outside the Hakone Yunessan onshen, hot springs where you can bathe in coffee, red wine, green tea, and other strange things. Hakone, Japan.
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Glyfada, Greece
Most people assume that from Athens, going for a swim in the Mediterranean is a simple task. This isn't completely true. The closest beach from downtown Athens is about a 30-minute drive, and this beach is not that great. If you're taking public...
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Nairobi, Kenya
A sculpture in the gardens at the National Botanical Gardens in the Kenyan capital. Along with the adjacent Museum of Natural History, this is a nice starting point before heading out on safari. Nairobi, Kenya.
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Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The straphangs on the Kuala Lumpur monorails make an effort to brighten your morning commute. Other cities would do well to replicate this! Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Cannes, France
Film sculpture. Cannes, France.
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Panama City, Panama
Wall art in Casco Viejo, Panama City's old town. Panama City, Panama.
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1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9, Canada
Fairmont Pacific Rim sits on the ocean’s edge, in the heart of Vancouver’s historic port and financial district. Soaring 450 feet high as one of downtown’s largest buildings, it offers unobstructed views of the North Shore...
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Windhoek, Namibia
Street sculpture off of Independence Ave. Windhoek, Namibia.
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525 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
And I'll finish with some street art close to home, which is the Chelsea neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan. This wall on the corner of 26th St and Tenth Ave, near the Highline park, regularly changes over.
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Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11, 1799 København, Denmark
Beyond being Denmark's most famous beer, Carlsberg has played a central role in shaping the look, feel, and prosperity of Copenhagen over the years. If you're a beer lover and interested in a fun experience, consider setting aside time to do a...