The island of Bali is a great place to check out street art and graffiti with a number of artworks relating to local animals, culture and religion. Buenos Aires Street Art‘s Matt Fox-Tucker was there a few months ago and took these photos.

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Monkey mural by Portuguese street artist Kas on Jalan Batu Bolong in Canggu

Canggu

Many of the best murals and graffiti on the island are located around Canggu where AllCaps Store teamed up with the foundation PangeaSeed to organise the Tropica Festival in 2017, bringing local and international street artists and graffiti together to paint walls and also raise awareness about environmental issues – in particular the problem of waste and plastic that flow into the ocean harming marine life around the island.

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Mural by Fintan Magee called ‘Girl with Inflatable Tiger’ in Canggu

Australian muralist Fintan Magee was invited to Bali to take part in Tropica Festival in 2017. This mural is entitled ‘Girl with Inflatable Tiger’. Fintan Magee also visited Buenos Aires in 2014 and painted a number of murals around the city that were organised by Buenos Aires Street Art (click here).

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Mural by My Hood is Good featuring Uma Thurman in the movie Kill Bill

AllCaps Park

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Swimming dog reaching for a sinking spray can by Midas Kid outside AllCaps Store in Canggu

AllCaps are really the go-to guys for street art and graffiti in Bali and have been the force behind a large number of the murals that have been painted around Canggu and at the Tropica Festival. They also run a gallery space and store at Jalan Raya Canggu No 18a selling spray cans, paint, T-shirts and artworks. AllCaps Park behind the store was the main site for many of the murals and pieces painted during Tropica Festival 2017.

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Peanut Dog and 235 at AllCaps Store

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Barong graffiti by Kidney in the middle of some graffiti pieces at AllCaps Park

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Mural by British artists Nomad Clan painted over

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Mural of Bali boys by Media Legal

Many murals and pieces that formed part of the festival were located in a lumber yard behind the store unfortunately the majority were ruined earlier this year. One of the guys at All CapsStore told us that it was due to a disagreement with the site owner that they were trying to resolve. It seems he didn’t want visitors entering the site and taking photographs any more.

Echo Beach

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Collaboration between Indonesian artist Arnis Muhammad with Awshit and Kidnēy on Echo Beach

Echo Beach was another site at the Tropica Festival with several murals painted there relating to the issue of the marine life and environmental damage. The island of Bali has a huge problem with waste disposal and also many of its beaches have disappeared. I learnt that the many beaches on parts of the eastern coastline near Sanur had eroded in recent years due to local people destroying barrier reefs to use the coral for construction materials.

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Mural at Echo Beach by New Zealand artist Kelly Spencer relating to environment damage caused by single use plastic

Nelayan Beach

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Mural by Seth Globepainter called “After School”

French street artist Seth Globepainter visited Bali in 2016 and painted a series of murals at Nelayan fishing village. A number of abandoned fishermen’s shacks and htu near the beach provided the ideal canvas.

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Another mural by Seth however the original door that he painted has been replaced

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Mural by Más Gaga painted in 2017

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Fisherman’s hut painted by artist Caratoes at Nelayan Beach

Outside Canggu

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Ganesha graffiti by a rice paddy field

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Cartoon dog on this house

Around Ubud

Around Ubud there are also some decent murals. Several featuring monkeys, tigers, dragons and Balinese culture.

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Mural by Shaun Burner and Frankie Julianna near Ubud

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Tiger girl artwork with skulls on an abandoned building

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Surreal artwork by Kasper featuring a monkey and another animal that looks like a cow

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Dragon by Ngandang Band on this shop on the road into Ubud from Denpasar

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Mural by Indonesian artist Peanut Dog featuring local children

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Roadside artwork of a monkey with camera

Monkey Forest

Around the Monkey Forest in Ubud there are also a number of murals featuring monkeys including this one named ‘King of the Bongos’ by one of the entrances.

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Mural entitled ‘King of the Bongos’

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Doorway design and other artworks near Monkey Forest by Shaun Burner

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Mermaid mural by Sautel Cago

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