Of all the Taiwanese cities we’ve visited, Kaohsiung is the one that has embraced street art the most. While public art and graffiti can be seen throughout the country, the most elaborately painted murals are definitely in Taiwan’s second-largest city, Kaohsiung.
In recent years, Kaohsiung has been supporting street art that has enhanced the urban environment with colorful paintings in several locations throughout the city.
The history of Kaohsiung Weiwuying Street Art Village began in early 2012, when Jiuru Street became the first permitted graffiti area in Kaohsiung, transforming an abandoned train station into a space dedicated to street art known as Jiuru Street Art Factory. Later that year, the city’s legally approved graffiti zones were expanded to include the Pier 2 Arts Center and Fengshan District. Since then, the movement has flourished, and it seems as if Kaohsiung is on a mission to become the world’s best street art city!
The Kaohsiung city government not only encourages street art but also organizes local events and workshops. Each year, the Kaohsiung Street Art Festival is selected in different parts of the city, a project that gradually colors the entire city and earns it a reputation as one of the best cities in Asia for street art.
The Kaohsiung-based artists have allied under the name ‘Wallriors’ and their work can be seen in several locations around the city, as well as in other cities across the country.
Notable Taiwanese street artists include Mr Ogay, Candy Bird, Bamboo Yang, Leho_Paint, DEBE, and FASO1. Besides local artists, Kaohsiung is also attracting an increasing number of artists from all over the world, including Okuda from Spain, Sen2, Puerto Rican from New York, and Brazilian Sliks and Cloakwork artists from Malaysia.
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