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Art-worthy cities around the world

Art can be found in more than museums and curated exhibitions, these various cities around the world prove that art can be found anywhere and everywhere

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Art is not only found within curated museums and exhibitions but in our daily lives, a number of cities across the globe have intergrated a rich history of art and culture in their everyday setting. With no real definition describing what art is in a few words or phrases, it can be understood as subjective with roots in history and culture. 

One of the most celeberated and talented pianists of his time, Glenn Gould said, ‘The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.’

With art found in everything, from back alleys to the largest murals in a city centre or found in renowned places known for their museums, from Paris to the colourful and the Gaudi-filled streets of Barcelona, art is a living concept.

 
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Here are three cities that have seamlessly integrated art into their facades, buildings and more. 

Barcelona, Spain 

The alleyways and roads of Barcelona are filled with the work of talented and renowned Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi.

Gaudi's work is set in stone, both figuratively and literally, as he is known for creating highly individualised and one-of-a-kind style in his approach to architectural design and structural work. He is known as the father of Catalan architecture infusing it with modernism and expanding this concept in architecture. 

Due to the work of Gaudi, the structural architecture of Barcelona has seamlessly integrated art into their skylines and streets.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Florence, Italy 

Florence is home to a thriving and rich cultural history of art in Italy - showcasing some renowned works from Michelangelo's 'Statue of David' sculptor to the Dumon, a cathedral created by the founding father of Renaissance architecture, Filippo Brunelleschi along with the Bell Tower created by Italian painter and architect, Giotto di Bondone.

Italy is rooted in a rich cultural history and art that can be found in many parts of the country and is reflective of various periods that have stood the test of time and become a relic of artwork.

 

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Stellenbosch, Cape Town 

Known to many as the Winelands area of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch is home to more than a thriving vine scene as it has integrated art into the quaint town's setting.

With the launch of the Stellenbosch art tour in 2018, the small town has created a unique experience for locals and visitors to engage with artwork not only in galleries and exhibit but also found in the landscape.  

The Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, home to a range of detailed sculptures by this talented artist. He has created an interactive and outdoor space for people to engage with art. The juxtaposition of the sculptures against the lush green backdrop showcases that art can be found in any place, even the unexpected.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Paris, France 

Fondly known as the City of Love, the epicentre of all things romance, Paris has more to it than meets the eye and by that we mean the astounding landscaped gardens and unique historical structures. 

Aside from the famous and much-loved Eiffel Tower, Paris is home to a colourful and vibrant street art scene that makes the city it an open-air museum.

The street art scene in Paris is filled with a range of mediums from graffiti work echoing hip hop culture to the monumental murals that tower covering various building facades.

 

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