In Search of Street Art in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver

My studio mate and I were moaning about how much we miss travelling.bright graffiti reflected on a shiny car on my Main St. mural walkThen I told her about my project to go on photo walks around the murals of the city inspired by the Photo Challenge: Street Art. In fact, I had just come back from a photo walk in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Well, that’s like travelling to another country, for sure,” she commented.

Yes it is. Completely different from the Westside, the Eastside has electrifying graffiti; some of it takes my breath away.Bright graffiti on the wall of a building in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, CanadaA rusted gate opened up against a colourful mural.A rusted gate opened up against a colourful mural in Vancouver, CanadaMy first mural: A swarm of bees on the wall of a building.A mural of a swarm of bees on the wall of a building in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, CanadaNot a mural, but a black wall with some sort of white machine ‘mouse’ accompanied by tires. (I have been corrected – it is not a machine mouse but a motorcycle engine, and the VMC stands for Vancouver Motorcycle Club which would make the tires motorcycle tires.)white machine 'mouse' on a black wall accompanied by tiresBright mural of an exotic woman in a parking lot accompanied by small yellow fork lifts and orange traffic cones. Some of these larger murals I can’t even imagine how hard they would be to paint. Bright mural of an exotic woman on the wall of a building in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, CanadaGeometric mural. This would be easier to paint but everything would have to be carefully taped, both beforehand and during the process, and that would take a huge amount of time… Geometric mural on the wall of a building in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, CanadaAnother mural, the first that actually references the local landscape, a view of the mountains from the Eastside. Mural of local mountains and trees on the wall of a building in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, CanadaA soft pink and purple industrial mural adorned with razor wire. Soft pinks and purples of an industrial mural adorned with razor wire in Vancouver, CanadaRusted corrugated wall adorned with bramble thorns; not quite as impenetrable as razor wire but I wouldn’t want to try it- except maybe as a painting…Rusted corrugated wall with bramble thorns in Vancouver, CanadaNow we’re back near my studio with graffiti ‘clouded over’ on a parked truck – looks like they ran out of paint trying to cover it up. Graffiti 'clouded over' on a truck parked in Vancouver's EastsideAnother graffitied truck and building.Graffiti 'clouded over' on a truck parked in Vancouver's EastsideBright turquoise wall with heavily sprayed with graffiti. Bright turquoise wall with heavily sprayed with graffiti in Vancouver, CanadaMore of Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Neighbourhood Walk.

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