I went to Rome and London to explore the art, architecture and history but I found so much more. Rome is a place where beauty and art could be found in the most unlikely places. Artists set up shop in Piazza Navona painting and selling their work. Musicians serenaded the customers at the outdoor cafes and restaurants. London was more industrialized than Rome but I passed by many art studios, beautifully crafted gardens, and hundreds of sculptures.
What I didn’t expect in Rome and London was street art due to the busy streets and the need to preserve the history. The street art in Rome was well hidden in alleyways in the ‘newer’ areas. I am assuming that these pieces don’t last long because the buildings look like they are painted weekly! In London, street art was everywhere! Every utility box was painted, businesses employed artists to give their exterior a street art look and there were sanctioned graffiti areas. Take a look at some European street art and graffiti!
Kathleen Casey is the Web Managing Editor of Art*Throb.