Liverpool Street Art: 10 of the best you have to see for yourself
The Liverpool City Region has provided the perfect canvas for artists from around the world to create incredible works of art, which is your favourite?
From ‘The Pies’ and toilet door ‘Ya ma takes her own putter to Ghetto Golf’ to the stunning Liver Bird Wings and sneaky Banksy’s, our city and surrounding areas have provided creatives with the perfect spaces to showcase their talent. No longer regarded as ‘just graffiti’ Street Art is now well respected art form and features heavily in pop culture, particularly when used to make a statement or support a cause.
Currently on display at the World Museum, the Terracotta Army, an exhibition of 2000 year old Chinese history, has used street art to give visitors to the city a sneak peak at what the thousands of warrior status look like in situ in their burial chamber, some 5000 miles away in China. Head to Thomas Steers Way at Liverpool ONE to check out the optical illusion (its right next to the water fountains.)
Inspired by the mash up of history, culture and art, we took a wander around the city streets and opened our eyes to the street art that adorns the bricks and mortar (and hoardings).
Here’s 10 of the best Liverpool Street Art that you have to see for yourself….
1 – Classical Masterpieces on Islington
Hanging in the Louvre, you’ve got to go all the way to Paris to see the Mona Lisa, or take a walk up Islington and get two world famous works of art for the price of one! No Easyjet in sight.
2 – The Pink Panther, Falkland Street
Falkland Street is a hive of activity as the area behind TJ Hughes is currently being developed. This means plenty of hoardings for artists to create belter graffiti like this! If you’re not singing ‘du du, du du, du du du du du du du du du duuuuuu’ now, you’re not in the gang.
3 – Rosa Parks, Old Haymarket
We all love a good Insta-quote and now there’s a permanent reminder that being a confident woman, breaking down boundaries and generally bossing it, is A Okay. This Rosa Parks Quote adorns the wall of Old Haymarket just along from Love Locks Coffee Shop, get this on your Insta now!
4 – The Outdoor Gallery, Bayhorse Lane
We’re a bit embarrassed to admit that we stumbled across this outdoor art gallery by mistake! You wait around for some jaw dropping art work, and almost a dozen arrive at once! From dots to birds, cartoons and typography and geometry made fun. You’ll see something you love on Bayhorse Lane.
5 – UV Skyline, Marco Pierre White, Chapel Street
Not all of Liverpool’s finest graffiti is in plain site and not all of it shape shifts from day to night. But if you head to Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, at Hotel Indigo, and take your drinks out into the courtyard, you’ll get a glimpse of the Liverpool skyline like never before.
6 – The Wolf of Devon Street
Also making the most of the blank canvas between London Road and Islington is this eerie nightscape featuring a pretty thirsty looking wolf. The Devon Street hoarding features a brilliant Halloween backdrop and we swear those blood red eyes follow you as you walk by! Go and check it out.
7 – Wipeout at Littlewoods Building, Edge Lane
We’re all familiar with the iconic Littlewoods Building on Edge Lane, soon to become the home of Liverpool Film Studios (more on that here) and having taken a closer look, we’re bowled over by the incredible scale of the WipeOut artwork by local artists Replete and Beta. Take a closer look next time you’re passing.
8 – Aim for the Moon, Gildart Street
Did you know you can see a full moon on Gildart Street, morning, noon or night? This incredibly detailed piece of street at looks completely at home painted on the side of a unassuming commercial building, hidden away behind TJ’s.
9 – Beetlejuice and the Hydrant, Dale Street
From the giant scale to the tiny and perfectly formed, this dry riser outlet on Dale Street made for the perfect framed canvas for a pop culture mash up. Adventure Time’s Jake the Dog channelling a bit of 90’s Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice is never a bad thing. He’s back baby! Can you spot it?
10 – The Liver Bird, Duke Street
If you’ve been out or work along Duke Street, you will definitely know this sassy chick. The Liver Bird, with her stunning copper green locks and ‘take no sh*t’ attitude, covers the wall along from Filter & Fox and Lock & Key, and is a permanent reminder that Scouse girls rock.