Valencia Street Art Bike Tour
If you are interested in the artistic part of the city and want to discover the most impressive street art by bicycle, this tour is perfect for you!
The modern history of graffiti dates back to the 1960’s, in New York. The first graffiti artists were living and painting in the busy streets of the city centre. They got inspired by hip-hop music and expressed themselves with signatures, also called Tagging.
One of the first graffiti artists expressed himself with the signature ‘TAKI 183’. This artist worked as a messenger in New York and painted his signature on all the places where he delivered documents and packages. His popularity increased rapidly and especially young people started to imitate him, constantly looking for new, difficult places to leave their own signature. Perhaps the name TAKER, used for the thick permanent ink markers used by graffiti artists, has its origins in this first known graffiti firm: TAKI 183.
What will we explore during Valencia Street Art Bike Tour?
Urban "graffiti” is the expression or the cry against marginalization or oppression. Sometimes it is an attack on private property with one simple motive: "to be seen and to be heard". This has always been and is punishable by law. Whilst graffiti does not always have to be signature on the wall, or vandalism, graffiti can also be shaped in the form of street art. To prevent walls from being vandalised or tagged, several associations have been trying to decorate them with beautiful artwork. Nowadays, special areas are being set up for the purpose of street art. Some organizations even hire urban artists to freely decorate and paint their pieces for them.
By bike, we will explore Valencia's street art scene, which is very much alive in this city. Local and international artists have decorated the city with their murals, sometimes just for the purpose of decorating, sometimes to convey a (political) message.
Different artists and scenes during the Valencia Street Art Bike Tour
When cycling through the city centre, do not forget to count the amount of colourful ninja’s by David de Limón. This Valencian artist wants to attract the attention of the possible viewer, who recognizes the character and to experience that painting on the street can be positive. You might recognize them by the small, red heart in the creature.
When it comes to feminism and freedom, the paintings by Nena Wapa Wapa stand out. La Nena, as she is also called, aims for people to stop and think about what they see when they pass by. She uses simple compositions and black & white paintings to make her work stand out from all the coloured graffiti and walls around.
If you like bright and colourful art, the works of Julieta XLF will impress you. The Japanese influences of her colourful murals make her art easy to recognize. Imaginary animals, rainbows, colourful plants and sweet girls fire the imagination and offer the viewer a whole new fantasy world to inhabit.
This street art bike tour of Valencia will take show you a whole other side of Valencia. There is a whole new world out there, waiting to be discovered. With Pelican Bike you will learn everything about Valencia's urban art scene in a fun way. See you soon on this entertaining and artistic bike tour!
Tour duration: 2 hours.
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