Recently I shared some beautiful street art that can be found just by walking through our neighborhood in Bangkok. My post was largely inspired by @lynncoyle1's recent posts on murals in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (she's got lots of these, go check out her latest here).
Well, a few weeks ago was a three day weekend here in Thailand, so @suitcasemama and I went for a bit of a stay-cation near the river. We ended up wandering around the streets of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Bangkok: Talat Noi.
Talat noi is Thai for "Little Market" and definitely has that old Bangkok feel. Because it was a holiday weekend, it was almost deserted, which isn't ideal for life-on-the-street photography, but pretty great for aimlessly looking for street art with a very active toddler - the streets were nearly empty.
We went wandering in the truest sense of the word - no map, no GPS, just literally turning left or right based on how interesting a street or an alley appeared. We'd heard about some street art down in this area, so we were on the lookout. Our main target: giant elephants on the side of a building. We hoped to find that one especially.
One of the main streets that runs parallel to the river is called Song Wat meaning "Two Temple" - it's here where we stumbled upon our first mural:
We were a bit disappointed to see the tiger at the center of this mural was damaged. It seems like just a few years ago it was largely intact. Hopefully this was just structural or environmental damage, and not intentional defacing.
Regardless of the damage, you can see that this artist has done some fantastic work. Who painted this mural? The artist is from Romania and goes by the name of Aitch. To find out more about her and her wonderful art check out her website: http://cargocollective.com/aitch.
We weaved our way in and out of the streets, not finding too much more street art. I took a break to snap this shot of bricks for @photocircle and @erikah's joint #pc-explore and #sevendaysoutside contest:
We were about to give up and find a place to grab some lunch when we turned a corner and saw:
Some beautiful, beautiful work by an artist named ROA. ROA is from Ghent, Belgium and specializes in giant paintings of black and white animals. Check and check! Learn more about him and his work here: http://www.streetartbio.com/roa
This piece is massive. For a sense of scale, here's a shot of me and @suitcasebaby at the base of the mural.
Pretty satisfying to accidentally find what you're looking for!
Turning back around the way we came, we saw this last piece, directly opposite the elephants:
Zooming in a bit, you can see the signature in the lower right section of the mural is Aryz. See?
So who is Aryz?
Aryz is a street artist hailing from Barcelona, Spain. Find out more about him here: http://www.streetartbio.com/aryz
We continued wandering around the deserted streets for a bit and took some more photos of some street scenes - perhaps I'll do a follow up #walkwithme post so you can tag along.
I hope you enjoyed these works and encourage you to find out more about the artists.
If you're planning on being in Bangkok and interested in seeing this street art in person, let me know and I can point you in the right direction. Happy to help!
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