Many of the central districts of European capitals have a lot of graffiti; the same happen in the more peripheral areas and luckily Barcelona is no exception to the rule. Street art reached our city for decades and offers one of the most versatile examples of urban art that is centered between Gracia and Ciutat Vella, but there are many examples in more peripheral areas such as Poble Nou, Badalona or Torre Baró.
Barcelona Street Art: The best walls of Barcelona
Thus, during the meeting Open Walls Conference 2014 tours were organized in areas of Barcelona with more street art; the most famous, as you can see on the page of Barcelona Street Style Tour, are the graffiti of the Gothic Quarter and El Born, with extraordinarily distinguished works in the building of CSO La Criolla (carrer d’en Bot, 4), the door of the Ramón Casas building in Petrixtol or the Plaça del milicià desconegut; around these three key points, a walk will show us many examples of urban art that stays in the neighborhood. After, the decision is clear: the Raval or street Llull, near the easternmost side of the Ciutadella Park, with some graffiti quality as Perro (dog) or Imagina (Imagine).
In the Raval we must go to Montalegre, Floridablanca and Terenci Moix square, from the metro Urgell to Barceloneta, crossing both the Raval and the Gothic Quarter and through works such as the CSO La Carbonera, Rambla del Raval or the Lleial Street. In these latitudes, Alice Pasquini graffiti and EZBAI templates, Shepard Fairey are a must
However, for large mural works, we Carmel. Really! This neighborhood has the honor of having the great shark made of bills of BLU, Italian artist who lived (or lives) and began his career with the spray in the historic center of Bologna..
The Poble Sec also features works by Kram, Uriginal and Kiwie as well as EOX or Btoy (which can also be found near the Caixaforum). Other areas of interest, which often go unnoticed, can be found in Horta-Guinardó, particularly on the side of the Rovira Tunnel and the area that connects with Font d’en Fargues and again, from Llobregós up to Maragall and to the side of the tunnel.
The funny part of the street art of Barcelona, as in any other city, is to find it; but if you want help, you have pages like Buscando Graffitis with its own interactive maps, urban art guides in Urban Kultur Blog and documentaries like Barcelona Rise & Fall and Las Calles Hablan.