NYC is the Street Art Capital of America

Emerging on the streets in the 1970s, graffiti started off as a way for disassociated youths to express themselves, but it was seen by many as an act of vandalism. Over the years, graffiti became seen as an art form, with street art now relevant wherever you go, with many cities offering tours, and Instagrammers using murals as backdrops.

SINGULART pulled through hashtag and engagement data from Linkfluence to discover the street art hotspots and engagement rates according to social media.

Unsurprisingly, the street art hotspot capital of the U.S. is New York with over 300,000 engagements. The city has loads of hidden gems to discover. However, if you’re short on time and want to visit a couple of highlights, head over to the Upper West Side where you can see Banksy’s ‘Hammer Boy’ (preserved behind plexiglass); or head north of Manhattan to the Bronx, where you can visit the Wall of Fame, featuring the designs of hundreds of artists over the years.

In second place, with only 76,300 engagements is creative hub, Chicago. If you’re on the lookout for new urban art, you’ll have to be quick, as the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitization is pretty on it in terms of cleaning it up; but if you only have time to visit one place, then make it Wabash. Over 40,000 square feet of walls are covered in graffiti, with some of the street murals spanning the grand heights of 12 stories.

A hipster haven, it makes sense that Portland comes in third, falling to only 57,200 engagements. Once you’ve visited the iconic ‘Keep Portland Weird’ sign (which, by the way, is a copy of Austin’s), head to the ‘Art fills the void’ mural on SE 12th & Division Street, which is one of the oldest murals in the city; or take a walk around the Alberta arts district to see the brightly colored designs.

As a state, California ranks better than any others in terms of appearances with San Francisco (38,800), San Diego (26,600), and Los Angeles (11,900) all breaking the top 10.

Commenting on the hotspots, Marion Sailhen, Head Curator at SINGULART, says: “In recent years, street art has become much more accepted and appreciated as an art form, compared to when it first emerged in the 1970s and is often a huge form of expression for many. Artists such as Banksy, Vhils, and Kobra have really paved the way for the urban art movement and it’s great to see how they’ve inspired some of the artists on SINGULART.”

To find out more about the top 12 street art hotspots, including attractions you won’t want to miss, visit: https://blog.singulart.com/en/2021/08/09/street-art-hotspots-of-the-usa/

Cover photo by Nextvoyage from Pexels

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