Liverpool named one of the best places in the UK for street art
By Dawn Collinson
Liverpool has been voted one of the best places to see street art in the UK.
The city has become known for its fabulous murals, especially those depicting footballing legends, iconic musicians and well-known landmarks.
Now, a national survey has seen us come in at number 5 in the top 10 most popular street art venues in the country.
Artists Paul Curtis and John Culshaw have been leading the way over the past five years, transforming public spaces on Merseyside with urban art.
And where there are murals, that means plenty of selfie opportunities, which has helped Liverpool become a must-visit.
By analyzing Instagram hashtags, TikTok views and Google search volume for UK cities, South Western Railway was able to rank locations based on their social media popularity.
Unsurprisingly, London – which really brought street art to this country from the United States in the 1970s – came out on top. His outdoor artwork has racked up 27.6 million TikTok views and over half a million Instagram hashtags in the span of 12 months.
Some of the most photographed spots included Shoreditch, where the courtyard of the former Cargo nightclub is home to street art including Banksy’s Guard Dog, Brixton, known for its David Bowie mural, among others, Waterloo, Camden and Clapham.
Bristol, birthplace of the most famous anonymous street artist of all, Banksy, came second, followed by Manchester and Glasgow, but Liverpool managed to edge Edinburgh, Brighton and Birmingham to take fifth place, pushing the list of plus over 4,500 Google searches.
Special mention in the survey went to the Baltic Triangle, where one of the most photographed works of art of all – Paul Curtis’ Liver Birds, For All Liverpool, painted on a Jamaica Street wall in 2017 – still attracts many fans who want their picture taken. between its wings.
The Abbey Road mural on the side of the Cains Brewery in the Baltic, also by Paul Curtis, where Beatles fans can have their photo taken on the famous zebra crossing was another that won a lot of love on the social networks, with Jurgen Klopp’s mural by Akse on Jamaica Street.
The enormous, brightly colored Liver Bird which was painted on the side of the Wedding House in Great George Square by John Culshaw, and its magnificent mural dedicated to Nelson Mandela unveiled in L8 in April, also helped ensure the Liverpool’s reputation as one of the main hotspots for street art.
Reds fans also gave us a boost in the UK rankings, hunting down murals around Anfield dedicated to their LFC heroes.
Artist Paul says the artwork Google searches may not always be everyone’s cup of tea, but they’ve managed to turn some unloved buildings into tourist attractions in their own right.
“I wouldn’t want to paint on a high profile building or something architecturally significant, so I tend to go for the more disheveled buildings where street art tries to make them look better.
“A lot of buildings in Liverpool are listed and even when they aren’t getting permits can be a nightmare because half the time no one knows who they belong to.
“Ideally, you’re looking for one that’s a bit unloved and where, by doing the work, you make it better, not destroy it. The art is the icing on the cake. »