It’s so interesting to me that all the photos posted of street art around the world are really just snapshots in time. As you read this, these works might already be painted over or simply worn away! The internet sure helps with keeping these transient artworks alive and this little memory presents part two of the pieces we enjoyed in Amsterdam during 11 days in mid-January, 2016.
There’s one block in town that was known as the Street Art Museum. Basically it was a bunch of abandoned buildings that had been completely covered with art. Unfortunately the city had recently shut things down there and put up fences in preparation for demolishing everything. I took some shots through the fence, but I wonder if any of these still exist?
Below you’ll find what just might have been the most clever piece we saw in the city. I wouldn’t have noticed it if we hadn’t been on a street art tour!
The street art tour we did in Amsterdam really took us to quite a few spots we would never have found on our own. The buildings above, for example. If you ever have a chance to do a tour, in Amsterdam or any other city, DO IT! We’ve enjoyed every single one we’ve taken. (Note: our guide, Nicole Blommers, stopped giving tours in August 2016, but she has created an Amsterdam art location map for self-guiding and her website offers lots of info on street art throughout Europe.)
One of the artists we were introduced to was Christian Guémy, a Parisian who goes by the moniker of C215. His style focuses on animals and people and they are really quite incredible.
Now a few other creations for us all to enjoy…
The number of designs incorporating text in various ways seemed more prevalent in Amsterdam than in other cities.
And I think I’ll end with a few more pieces by the lovely Alice I introduced you to last post. Enjoy!
If these have inspired you and you’d like to see more, here are links to all my previous posts on street art and graffiti we’ve found around the world!
So glad for your interest in graffiti. Wish it were more appreciated in this country. Thanks for all the wonderful photos.
It has been quite amazing learning about so many facets of urban art – graffiti, murals, word-based, abstract, stencil, paste-ups, and on and on. An entire world of art that so many of us aren’t really exposed to, much less have a chance to take part in. Really loving the experience…and looking forward to posting about my first piece soon!