“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
Edgar Degas (French Artist)
Gone are the days when Street art and Graffiti is illegal in Taiwan. The small island has opened its doors to this art and is now a subculture and it is growing. According to HuffPost, Taiwan is one of the best cities in the world to see street art.
Known as the heart of youth culture, Ximending District is a safe haven for the street artist in the cosmopolitan city. A few blocks off the busy street of Ximending district, Taipei Cinema Park is among the legalized zone for a graffiti artist, painters, and street dancers. They are free to express their creativity, display and show their artworks. Only permitted parks and areas are zoned for spray graffiti, thus violators are punishable by law. Unauthorized graffiti will face fines up to NT$6,000 (US$190).
The “graffiti areas” are managed and handled by a team and murals are up for a fair amount of time. They are the Taipei Alliance for the Advancement of Multi Art Culture Youth Center. So be sure to check for new artworks every now and then.
I managed to take some photos in the area and luckily, few people are around the park at that time. I absolutely love this place, local and foreign artist had marked their presence in the city. The city walls and alleyways are becoming their personal canvases and are becoming a tourist and instagramable spot.
Here are some of my favorite graffiti in the area. Enjoy!
“Art can help calm people, including those who create it. I’m always frustrated every time I have to face selfish people in the city. But graffiti helps me relax as I can release my feelings and regain my optimism through the nice people I meet.” – Alex Face
How to get there:
Taipei Cinema Park
Ximen MRT Exit 6.
No. 19, Kangding Rd, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
By the way, leave a comment if you happen to know the artist/s name of these amazing artworks. Credit must be rightfully served. Thanks!