Camden as a canvas

By: Mary-anne

Street art is everywhere in London, especially in places like Camden, making the streets of London a gallery, and a walk to the shops a browse, if you keep your eyes peeled. The imagery on the street has come a long way, no longer is it just considered graffiti or an affront to decent social behavior. Street art has become an art genre in its own right. While there might be a few people that disapprove, I've never met one. Most seem to think that it, 'colors your life' if they notice at all. And it's worth keeping an eye open, there are some beautiful works out there to be seen. As a curator once told me, 'If you want to see London, look up'. Not always easy as it's a good idea to watch where you're treading as well.

They can be in the most unlikely of places. Stunning good works of art can be seen on walls, doors, railway arches, and in alleyways. It may even be dangerous to leave a space empty. While you're building a block of flats, the hoarding could well be decorated. So much so, that it's almost become normal, if not expected. It's amazing to think about how many talented artists there are out there and how much people are willing to share and beautify their world. From the purely aesthetic to the political and social statement art is everywhere in London. You can wander around by yourself, or join a walking tour, there are several, which will shortcut you, depending on how you feel about two or three hours on your feet, to a few creative, amusing, surprising, and even famous pieces (Yes, we have Banksy in Camden). Often not appreciated, they do get weathered and, sadly, they are sometimes graffitied over or even vandalized themselves. But, I guess, that goes with the territory.

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