New York’s Vibrant Street Art

Kobra Mural, NYC

The colorful tribute to an NYC classic by Eduardo Kobra Photo: Ruddy Harootian

New York offers some of the world’s finest visual arts.  In addition to its hallowed museums and renowned galleries, there’s another place to find remarkable works…on the streets.  Throughout the city one can turn a corner to find a beautiful piece of art by a celebrated artist.  Some of the fun is finding the works and interacting with them, and it’s also great way to experience art in a less conventional setting.  New York’s vibrant street art scene continues to grow in popularity, drawing fans from all over the world.

Here are my top five picks for murals in the city.

Theodore Bradley Mural, NYC

Fashion icons Anna Wintour & Karl Lagerfeld by Theodore Bradley Photo: Ruddy Harootian

  • NYC is fashion capital of the world, so there is no better way to start than with Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld by Bradley Theodore.  On the corner of Mott and Kenmare Street in Little Italy.
  • The High Line has become a major part of New York City life.  Renowned Brazilian artist Eduadro Kobra made this mural recreating the famed 1945 photograph of V-J Day in Times Square by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt.  You can see it as you walk along the High Line on 25th Street and 10th Avenue.
  • Big kid by Os Gemeos and Futura

    “Big Kid” by Os Gemeos and Futura Photo: Ruddy Harootian

    Many great films are associated with this city, Breakfast at Tiffany’s being one of the most beloved. Artist Tristan Eaten created a beautiful mural of Audrey Hepburn on Mulberry and Broome Streets in Little Italy.

  • Os Gêmeos are twin artists who make magnificent large scale works all over the world.  This fun and massive work is collaboration with artist FUTURA and lives on the side of PS 11 in Chelsea on 21st Street between 8th and 9th avenues.
  • Trucks! Some of the coolest pieces of art I’ve seen have been in motion.  Street artists have now started finding willing truck drivers to let them use their trucks as moving murals. Keep your eyes open for some truly fabulous works.
Street Art Trucks, NYC

Mobile Mural on NYC trucks Photo: Ruddy Harootian

(Seen in the photo from top left: 1. French artist JR, who recently collaborated with the New York City Ballet,  uses photography to show graffiti artists in action. He’s the one in the hat.  2. Icy and Sot are an Iranian duo now based in Brooklyn.  A lot of their work is a means to political conversations.  3. And the last square is by an unknown artist, but it uses very recognizable characters that are sure to bring back childhood memories.

Street art is also unique because once it’s on the wall and out of the artists hands, there’s no way of knowing how long it will last or remain intact.  So be on the look out, and make sure you catch your favorite piece of street art before it disappears.

Audrey Hepburn by Tristan Eaton

Audrey Hepburn in living color, by Tristan Eaton Photo: Ruddy Harootian

This is a guest post by Ruddy Harootian. Ruddy is a Spain travel expert by day, photographer and trendsetter at night, based in NYC.  More of Ruddy’s work can be found on his website: Ruddy Was Here.

What’s your favorite work of NYC street art?  Tell us in the comments below.

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