London Street Art

Why pay for art?

Why pay for art?

Jul 25, 2013

While most people believe you must pay to check out some high quality art, the upcoming street artists tend to prove us wrong. Walk around in London, and every few meters you’ll see a bit of graffiti here and some courageous attempts at wall paintings there.

But believe it or not, there are indeed some amazing street art pieces to be found around the city. Below we will shortly discuss some of them and show you where to find them.

Blue Hahn

Let’s start out a bit strange with some amazing controversial modern art. Near Nelson’s Column at Trafalgar’s Square there are a couple of plinths. We strongly encourage you to take a look at the Fourth Plinth since it shows something quite unusual.

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Back in the 1840’s money ran out to put a horse statue on there and it has since remained empty for almost 150 years. Since 1999 the plinth has become a place for artists to show their contemporary art. Right now there is huge blue Hahn/Cock on display by artist Katharina Fritsch.

Banksy

What would London be without Banksy? Many ask us this question, and to be honest we don’t have a good answer. All we know is that Banksy is this mysterious graffiti street artist who every now and then shows up to astonish us with his dark humor and political messages.

Although some people may not agree with his points of view or with his messages, it is hard to argue about his artistic value. Throughout the whole of London there are some amazing artworks by this mysterious guy (or girl?) who has been working on them for more than 10 years now.


Banksy – Top current London locations (artofthestate.co.uk)

And if you think that Banksy would stop with just graffiti and sculptures, you’re dead wrong. He’s also a film producer and script writer, which he showcased through both his amazing movie Exit Through The Gift Shop and the hilarious – but also serious – Simpson’s Opening Theme: