Skip to main content
Blog PostIslandsUSAWestern Australia

Street Art -“A picture is worth a thousand words”

By July 26, 2023No Comments

Street Art adorns the walls of busy streets and hidden laneways the world over from New York to Melbourne. Remote locations like Christmas Island and the Cocos Keeling Islands have their share too. It’s a universal medium.

Empire State Building, New York City, USA.

Christmas Island, Indian Ocean.

AC/DC Lane, Melbourne, Australia.

Whenever you explore the streets and hidden laneways of cities, country towns and islands, you are visiting.

Do you wonder as you wander about its street art? The message it’s trying to convey, and the story or veiled meaning within it? I certainly do.

Frequently, street art gives insight into the history, culture, inhabitants and personalities of a place. Open-air galleries in public spaces act like bridges connecting you and the story of the location.

Bison, Buffalo, Wyoming, USA.

Melbourne, Australia.

Little Havana, Miami, USA.

Regardless if the artist is famous or anonymous and if the art inspires you, or is not to your taste. Undeniably, it will catch your eye and demand your attention.

To fully understand the present, understand the past. Street art is the perspective of today that reflects on yesterday. Perhaps, taking the best guess about the future. Telling a story and providing a timeline and atmosphere of a location.

Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA.

Home Island, Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean.

Venice Beach, LA, California.

Art is a mood shifter, stirring your emotion, pleasure and pain, joy and anger. Regardless of which, it’s done its job if it moves your dial just a little in any direction.

For instance, The Wynwood Walls of Miami, USA, is a whole neighbourhood devoted to art. Simultaneously, Hosier Lane and AC/DC Lane are famed kaleidoscope laneways in Melbourne, Australia.

While the murals of Route 66 stand eternal, reminding all of a time long past and remembered fondly by many.

These instances illustrate the curiosity created by art and the need for public space for artists to create it.

Wynwood Walls, Miami, USA.

AC/DC Lane, Melbourne, Australia.

Route 66, Winslow, Arizona, USA

Big and bold, New York is just New York. While things are a little less out there on Christmas and Cocos Island, emphatically, the story told is just as compelling.

Meanwhile, on Christmas and Cocos Island, the art provides an insight into the island’s history and culture.

It’s simple in composition yet powerful in message.

When the train arrived, Christmas Island changed forever 
One way in & the only way out. For a long time, everything came & left Christmas Island by ship. 

Their heritage is still clear today. The Chinese were the first labour force on Christmas Island. 

Without reservation, I enjoy giving all the art that I see, a portion of my time. Unquestionably, I’m drawn to what interests me and topics I’m familiar with.

Art that depicts an experience I’ve had or the history of the place I’m visiting always inspires me.

Subsequently, I appreciate the time, effort and talent needed to create it. Regardless of whether the content floats my boat.

Street art is full of intrigue and is often fascinating. Not all street art is everyone’s cup of tea, different strokes for different folks.

The nationalities of those that passed through the Detention Centre are on the suitcase.


After all, whether you walk right past it without giving it a second look. Or actively go looking for it.

Street art has its finger on the pulse of what is, what was, or what’s going to continue to happen, perhaps change.

Has street art from your travels ever made you stop and just look? Have you ever thought much about it?

Without a doubt the quote, A picture is worth a thousand words, but a few words can change its story.

Sums up street art.


You May Also Enjoy Reading