Walking Alone – Street Art In Amsterdam

“Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules.” Raymond Salvatore Harmon

Street art in Amsterdam is more satirical and fun then the street art in Third World countries.

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It is much more accepted and looked at as art not vandalism.

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Amsterdam doesn’t have as much street art as Paris , London or Berlin, but if you have a good guide you will find it.

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It is not that hard to find nice street art in Amsterdam.

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Nicole at http://www.streetarteurope.com/street-art-amsterdam-tour/ does an interesting comprehensive, reasonable priced group tour of Amsterdam street on Sundays.

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I had actually never done a group street art tour because it never fit into my schedule in a city.

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It was interesting to see the range of people who were interested in street art.- an older couple from Belgium, middle-aged couple from Shoreditch,who were very proud to be where Banksy was from, and  people from Canada and the States who were living in or visiting friends in Amsterdam.

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Nicole is self taught and passionate about street art. She knows a great deal about the art and the artists and has made a career from her passion and knowledge curating street art in Europe. It is nice to have a tour with someone who clearly loves it as much as the people who signed up for the tour.

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Good street art will tell you a lot about the people who live there.

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C215, Alice Pasquini, Space Invader, The London Police, Shoe, Faile, Icy & Sot, Bustart, Zaira, are all showing in the streets of Amsterdam.

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The London Police are a British street art collective currently painting all over  Amsterdam.

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I loved seeing Icy and Sot’s boy Walking Alone in different places in the city. It was like running into a friend. He is all over Europe now and for some reason he reminds me of the refugees and how lucky I am.

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Laser 3.14 is a street poet whose words are found all over Amsterdam on temporary surfaces only.

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There is a lot more street sculpture in cities around the world these days.   They are usually small and easy to miss without a guide.

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Invader is a street artist known for creating tile pieces that are out of video games.

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He created an app called Flash Invaders that gives you points for finding his work all over the world. He has made a game out of the hunt for street art. Nicole is doing well. I just saw a huge one on Beverly Blvd in LA.

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Street art started as a creative outlet but has turned into a legitimate business with tours, galleries, books, design, fashion and art.

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It definitely has more of an art movement feeling in European cities than the protest feel of South American countries.

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Street art is always beautiful, funny, moving and in this moment in time.

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Fly safe,

JAZ

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