Street Art at its Finest Urban art interventions in all shapes and sizes

It would be an understatement to assert that street art, which emerges in all (in)conceivable sorts and sizes, is multifaceted. Indeed, painted surfaces of huge proportions are alternated with interventions on a human scale. Abundant use of colours and materials is side by side with aesthetic minimalism. Imaginative images are interspersed with realistic depictions while visual jokes are juxtaposed with serious messages.

Considering their name, (commissioned) murals are predictably located on the sides of houses and other buildings. In case of unsanctioned works, however, no location in public space seems too weird or beyond reach. Tunnels, trash bins, posts, trees, billboards, street signs, stairs or, for instance, chimneys high above street level are all deemed perfectly suitable for artistic acts of rebellion. Street art as well as graffiti can potentially be encountered on any physical object and generally speaking, this most likely happens along railway tracks, on patches of urban wasteland, on deserted (industrial) sites with dilapidated structures and in somewhat less developed, ungentrified (though perhaps emerging) parts of town.

Street art is site-specific by nature, i.e., the surroundings are important in as much as they give an artwork additional significance. In some instances the urban fabric is actually an integral part of a work of art, in which case they’re inextricably entwined. This holds true for many of the installations by Vlady and Octavi Serra, to name but two examples, but can also be witnessed on some of the pictures in the photo series below.

Along with a few examples of graffiti and tagging, the series shows just how versatile street art can be. Naturally, it doesn’t highlight the many-sidedness of contemporary urban art practice in full, but at least it provides clear evidence that a rioutous celebration of autonomous creativity has long conquered many cities around the world.

Utrecht
Amsterdam
Ostend
Paris
Berlin
Lisbon

Rotterdam
Saint Petersburg
Utrecht
Stavanger
Den Bosch
Utrecht
Valencia
Paris
Marseille
Ostend
Brussels
Warsaw
Aberdeen
Saint Petersburg
Stavanger
Utrecht
Aberdeen
Amsterdam
Utrecht
Brussels
Amsterdam
Brussels
Amsterdam
Stavanger
Barvaux
Charleroi
Amsterdam
Berlin
London
Antibes
Berlin
London
Deventer
Amsterdam
Utrecht
Völklingen
Marseille
Brussels
Wrocław
New York
Saint Petersburg
Prague
Brussels
Stavanger
Utrecht
Montpellier
Stavanger
Aberdeen
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Aberdeen
Stavanger
Aberdeen
Bergen, Norway
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Stavanger
Berlin
Brussels
Grenoble
Berlin
Stavanger
Bergen, Norway (the shoe is situated on a wall in a nearby street)
Tilburg, Utrecht & Arnhem
New York, Amsterdam, Stavanger & Stavanger
Strasbourg, Strasbourg & Lyon
Bergen, Norway
Oslo
Oslo
Oslo
Aberdeen
Oslo
Ostend
Utrecht
Berlin
Aachen & Berlin
Aberdeen
Brussels & Florence
Berlin
London & Utrecht
Oslo
Kraków
Marseille
Berlin
Aberdeen
Moscow
Bergen, Norway
Stavanger
Copenhagen
Lyon
Eindhoven
Lipari
Liege
Aberdeen
Utrecht
Stavanger
Stavanger
Zürich
Strasbourg
Marseille
Amsterdam
Brussels
Mons
Berlin
Brussels
Freiburg im Breisgau
Zwolle
Mechlin
Rotterdam
Brussels
Vienna
Brussels
Brussels
Oslo
Marseille
Lille
Marseille
Berlin
Paris
Utrecht
Aberdeen
Heerlen
Stavanger
Eindhoven
Amsterdam
Oslo
Berlin
Utrecht
Rotterdam
Grenoble
Utrecht
Oslo
Paris
Cologne
Amsterdam
Bergen, Norway
Utrecht