The colonial history wasn’t all that surprised me in Macau.
Rather, I was taken back by all the street art I saw – something I’d missed in Hong Kong, and barely seen in Taiwan.
It was all over the city, sometimes out in the open…
…sometimes fading and hidden…
…but always a bit curious: not quite Western, though it was so similar, but again a byproduct of the cultural menagerie that seemed to make up these tiny islands.
Again, Macau surprised me: a Western influence taking root in an Eastern context, but the Eastern context spinning it on its head and making it its own. Macanese street art isn’t as bold or as noticeable as in cities like San Francisco, Buenos Aires, or London, but is still striking – in fact, above the bilingual signs, the colonial street, and strange cultural mixings, this was my favourite surprise from Macau.
And way more fun to enjoy than those stupid egg tarts.
Have you ever been surprised by the art scene in a certain country? Where are some of the most interesting places for street art that you’ve seen?
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