Condemned in the past, there has been a clear cultural shift in attitudes towards street art in recent years, thanks in no small part to the elusive Bristolian street artist, Banksy.
Today, street art is seen as an exciting (and growing) expression, and can be found in many world-class cities from Paris to New York. Not to mention Liverpool.
The city has long been a hotbed for artists wielding spray cans and stencils. There are even tours dedicated to it. So we thought we’d take a look at some of the street art pieces that are, quite literally, making their mark on the city.
Al Pacino portrait - Hill Street
This stunning portrait of Al Pacino can be found at the top of Hill Street, in the Baltic Triangle neighbourhood of the city. It was created by Manchester-based French artist Akse during the Liverpool Street Art Festival, which aimed to turn the Baltic Triangle into an ‘outdoor gallery’.
Beatles Mural - Litherland
This iconic mural can be found on the side of a terraced house in Croxteth Avenue, Litherland. It was created in 2008 by Belfast Loyalist Mark Ervine and Republican Danny Devenny, who joined forces to paint the mural in celebration of the Riverside Housing Group’s 80th birthday.
Love Plane - Rumford Street Car Park
The 15-foot tall painting of a monochrome biplane with a heart-shaped smoke trail, dubbed the ‘Love Plane’, can be found on the side of Norwich House next to Rumford Street car park, opposite the Liverpool War Museum.
A plexiglass sheet was later added to protect the artwork after it was defaced, and a Banksy-style rat with a message saying ‘Never liked this Banksy’ later appeared at the bottom of the wall.
Unknown - Walton
One of the most recent additions to Liverpool’s street art scene, this mural of a woman with multicoloured hair can be found on the former Ethel Austin building in County Road, Walton. It was created by street artist Whoam Irony and commissioned by the Liverpool Street Artist Festival as part of a project to rejuvenate the area.
These are just some of the incredible pieces of street art that can be found in Liverpool. Have we missed any? What’s are your favourite spray paint hot spots?