Plenty of “street art” is unappealing. Almost all of it is controversial. And, pretty much none of it is conventional. Though the term street art may bring to mind images of scrawling graffiti, the installations featured in this week’s Top Ten are works of talent, wit and eye-pleasing aesthetics. A small taste of the finer side of open air art, please put your hands together for the Top Ten Pieces of Street Art. Feel free to comment with street art photos of your own to add to the list.
1. “Tesco Pledge of Allegiance” by Banksy. “I pledge allegiance to the grocery store of The United Kingdom of Consumerism…” by London’s leading graffiti artist.
2. “Acrobatics” by Nemo. The infamous Parisian trench coat-and-fedora-silhouette-of-a-man goes circus.
3. “Little Helmet Man” by Space Invader. Aw, so cute. I want one, but sadly he’s cemented to the streets of Paris.
4. Batman and Robin by Julian Beever. Holy optical illusions! This guy is amazing.
5. “Butte Aux Cailles Woman” by Misstic. Translation: “Ethic is the aesthetic of the inside.”
6. Pisa Mural by Keith Haring. No street art post would be complete without a Haring. Color, movement, classic Haring. I wish I could dance like these dudes.
7. “London Graffiti Tunnel Eskimo” by Unknown. There’s an amazing legalized graffiti tunnel in London. This Eskimo-like kid in the tunnel always impressed me.
8. Street Gym by Robin Rhode. Rhodes chalks his work out on the pavement and interacts with it as though it were reality. Pretty neat stuff, if I do say so myself!
9. “Untitled In Stockholm” by Unknown. Found on a random signpost in Stockholm, this purely random piece of street art always makes me laugh.
10. NeuquÃ©n by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. I’m always a sucker for great portraiture.