Your city is a canvas. Whether you choose to use it as such -- whether you’re part of the paint, or just part of the fabric -- depends on whether you see the world as an artist does. In neighborhoods all over the world, beautiful, provocative street art pops up continually. And then, like, that, it disappears. Because when your canvas is the city, there’s always going to be a new exterior coat of paint -- or a wrecking ball -- to make your work a memory.
To capture the great wall art standing now, author Ed Bartlett set out to find the best and most provocative street art from around the world. The result is Street Art, a new Lonely Planet book that offers a snapshot of what’s going on on this big blue marble in 2017: earthquake recovery in New Zealand, gender equality in Latin America, Brexit. It’s equal part aesthetic appeal and historical reference. In the interview below, Bartlett explained to us a little about some of his favorite pieces and the artists behind them.