A Travellerspoint blog

January 2020

The Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution

This bridge, finished in 1779, is generally considered the beginning of the Industrial Revolution; since we had a rental car the area was easy to visit on our way from Stratford to Conwy

This bridge, finished in 1779, is generally considered the beginning of the Industrial Revolution; since we had a rental car the area was easy to visit on our way from Stratford to Conwy

Two reasons this site was useful to early industrialists; raw materials, coal, iron ore, limestone and clay, for the manufacture of iron, tiles and porcelain are exposed or easily mined here and the deep and wide river allowed easy transport to the sea

Two reasons this site was useful to early industrialists; raw materials, coal, iron ore, limestone and clay, for the manufacture of iron, tiles and porcelain are exposed or easily mined here and the deep and wide river allowed easy transport to the sea

Jackfield ware has a distinctive red body and black glaze decoration; it was utilitarian and produced in the area from 1750-1800

Jackfield ware has a distinctive red body and black glaze decoration; it was utilitarian and produced in the area from 1750-1800

Lee and I visited the Museum of the Gorge to give us a good overview of the area; this old warehouse was eventually used as a soft drink factory

Lee and I visited the Museum of the Gorge to give us a good overview of the area; this old warehouse was eventually used as a soft drink factory

The Coalbrookdale Company became famous in the 19th century for their cast iron products; today, the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron is one of the ten interesting destinations in the valley

The Coalbrookdale Company became famous in the 19th century for their cast iron products; today, the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron is one of the ten interesting destinations in the valley

Ironbridge Gorge has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986; throughout the UK, costs have seemed very reasonable except for lodging which seems to always be expensive

Ironbridge Gorge has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986; throughout the UK, costs have seemed very reasonable except for lodging which seems to always be expensive

John Rose tea set 1810; tea drinking became fashionable in England in the 17th century but initially it was a luxury for the wealthy

John Rose tea set 1810; tea drinking became fashionable in England in the 17th century but initially it was a luxury for the wealthy

The 1784 Tontine Hotel was built by the same group of owners as the Iron Bridge which conveniently ends at the front door of the hotel; the area declined when the steam railway arrived in the 1860s

The 1784 Tontine Hotel was built by the same group of owners as the Iron Bridge which conveniently ends at the front door of the hotel; the area declined when the steam railway arrived in the 1860s

It's hard to picture the River Severn handling ocean-going vessels but the river is actually the longest in the UK at 220 miles and empties into the sea at Bristol; the Avon River is one of its many tributaries

It's hard to picture the River Severn handling ocean-going vessels but the river is actually the longest in the UK at 220 miles and empties into the sea at Bristol; the Avon River is one of its many tributaries

Jeweled vase, 1910; the Coalport China Museum fills an old porcelain factory; most of the factories in the area have now closed and have either been repurposed or are empty

Jeweled vase, 1910; the Coalport China Museum fills an old porcelain factory; most of the factories in the area have now closed and have either been repurposed or are empty

Driving the narrow roads of the UK is hard enough without having metal curbs!; the countryside has very few stop lights (and no billboards!) but has thousands of roundabouts

Driving the narrow roads of the UK is hard enough without having metal curbs!; the countryside has very few stop lights (and no billboards!) but has thousands of roundabouts

Lee hasn't been afraid of trying local specialties but he said the pork pie was bland and not worth eating; I don't know how drivers managed in the old days before google maps!

Lee hasn't been afraid of trying local specialties but he said the pork pie was bland and not worth eating; I don't know how drivers managed in the old days before google maps!

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Impressive highlights from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta

El Anatsui, Taago, 2006; 122 Georgia art patrons died in a plane crash at Orly Airport in Paris on a High Museum-sponsored European tour in 1962 in what was, at the time, the worst single plane aviation disaster in history

El Anatsui, Taago, 2006; 122 Georgia art patrons died in a plane crash at Orly Airport in Paris on a High Museum-sponsored European tour in 1962 in what was, at the time, the worst single plane aviation disaster in history

Sally Mann, Deep South Untitled (Fontainebleau), 1988; the High is home to the most robust photography program in the southeastern United States

Sally Mann, Deep South Untitled (Fontainebleau), 1988; the High is home to the most robust photography program in the southeastern United States

Man Ray, Life Saver, 1944;  a 2005 expansion included three new buildings designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, which more than doubled the Museum’s size to 312,000 square feet

Man Ray, Life Saver, 1944; a 2005 expansion included three new buildings designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, which more than doubled the Museum’s size to 312,000 square feet

Glenn Kaino, Invisible Man, 2018; Lee is posing with this life-size likeness of Tommie Smith who became famous at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics for protesting against racism and injustice

Glenn Kaino, Invisible Man, 2018; Lee is posing with this life-size likeness of Tommie Smith who became famous at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics for protesting against racism and injustice

Viktor Schreckengost, The New Yorker Bowl, 1931; Eleanor Roosevelt commissioned the original version of this bowl as a gift for her then-governor husband, Franklin D Roosevelt

Viktor Schreckengost, The New Yorker Bowl, 1931; Eleanor Roosevelt commissioned the original version of this bowl as a gift for her then-governor husband, Franklin D Roosevelt

The Atlanta Beltline has many great murals including this one at a doggy day care; I walked the Beltline from Cabbagetown to the High Museum and just love the route

The Atlanta Beltline has many great murals including this one at a doggy day care; I walked the Beltline from Cabbagetown to the High Museum and just love the route

Mark Rothko, No. 73, 1952; the High Museum of Art’s building, designed by noted architect Richard Meier, opened to worldwide acclaim in 1983

Mark Rothko, No. 73, 1952; the High Museum of Art’s building, designed by noted architect Richard Meier, opened to worldwide acclaim in 1983

Frank Lloyd Wright, Desk and Chair, 1939; earlier this year a selection of his works became a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright, Desk and Chair, 1939; earlier this year a selection of his works became a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

Georgia O'Keeffe, Red Canna, 1919; O’Keeffe married the man behind her first gallery show, modernist photographer Alfred Stieglitz

Georgia O'Keeffe, Red Canna, 1919; O’Keeffe married the man behind her first gallery show, modernist photographer Alfred Stieglitz

Claude Monet, Houses of Parliament in the Fog, 1903; Monet imported his famous water lilies from Egypt and South America despite the Giverny city council wanting them removed

Claude Monet, Houses of Parliament in the Fog, 1903; Monet imported his famous water lilies from Egypt and South America despite the Giverny city council wanting them removed

Emile Galle, Two Handled Vase, 1900; background - Galle, Vase, 1895; Galle is considered to be one of the major forces in the French Art Nouveau movement and one of my favorite glass artists

Emile Galle, Two Handled Vase, 1900; background - Galle, Vase, 1895; Galle is considered to be one of the major forces in the French Art Nouveau movement and one of my favorite glass artists

Fernando and Humberto Campana, Sushi Sofa, 2010; I really wanted to touch this sofa to see if the surface was hard or rubbery but I didn’t

Fernando and Humberto Campana, Sushi Sofa, 2010; I really wanted to touch this sofa to see if the surface was hard or rubbery but I didn’t

Ellsworth Kelly; Blue, Green, Red; 2005; Lee and I decided we could have done this

Ellsworth Kelly; Blue, Green, Red; 2005; Lee and I decided we could have done this

Anish Kapoor, Untitled, 2010; the artist is well-known for his works in Chicago and Houston (in front of the Museum of Fine Arts)

Anish Kapoor, Untitled, 2010; the artist is well-known for his works in Chicago and Houston (in front of the Museum of Fine Arts)

Alexander Calder, Untitled, 1947; Calder is best known for his innovative mobiles (kinetic sculptures powered by motors or air currents) that embrace chance in their aesthetic

Alexander Calder, Untitled, 1947; Calder is best known for his innovative mobiles (kinetic sculptures powered by motors or air currents) that embrace chance in their aesthetic

Camille Pissarro, Snowscape with Cows at Montfoucault, 1874; Pissarro studied from Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot; he later studied and worked alongside Georges Seurat and Paul Signac when he took on the Neo-Impressionist style

Camille Pissarro, Snowscape with Cows at Montfoucault, 1874; Pissarro studied from Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot; he later studied and worked alongside Georges Seurat and Paul Signac when he took on the Neo-Impressionist style

Maximilien Luce, Port of London at Night, 1894; this artist was previously unknown to me but I loved this work; his paintings were passionate portrayals of contemporary subjects

Maximilien Luce, Port of London at Night, 1894; this artist was previously unknown to me but I loved this work; his paintings were passionate portrayals of contemporary subjects

William S. Wooten, Secretary (walnut, maple, white pine and bronze), 1884; the Wooton desk was introduced at a time when office work was changing in a drastic fashion with an increase in paperwork that led to the introduction of filing cabinets

William S. Wooten, Secretary (walnut, maple, white pine and bronze), 1884; the Wooton desk was introduced at a time when office work was changing in a drastic fashion with an increase in paperwork that led to the introduction of filing cabinets

Louis Tiffany, Favrile Vase, 1905; Tiffany is the American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau movement and was the son of the founder of Tiffany and Company

Louis Tiffany, Favrile Vase, 1905; Tiffany is the American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau movement and was the son of the founder of Tiffany and Company

Jan van Kessel; Butterflies, Caterpillars, Other Insects and Flowers; 1659; his grandfather was artist Jan Brueghel the Elder; amazing that this painting is 350 years old

Jan van Kessel; Butterflies, Caterpillars, Other Insects and Flowers; 1659; his grandfather was artist Jan Brueghel the Elder; amazing that this painting is 350 years old

Jan Brueghel the Elder, Holy Family with a Garland of Flowers, c. 1620; the artist was a close friend and frequent collaborator with Peter Paul Rubens, the two artists were the leading Flemish painters in the first three decades of the 17th century

Jan Brueghel the Elder, Holy Family with a Garland of Flowers, c. 1620; the artist was a close friend and frequent collaborator with Peter Paul Rubens, the two artists were the leading Flemish painters in the first three decades of the 17th century

Alfred Sisley, Thatched Cottage in Normandy, 1894; among his important works are a series of paintings of the River Thames, mostly around Hampton Court, executed in 1874

Alfred Sisley, Thatched Cottage in Normandy, 1894; among his important works are a series of paintings of the River Thames, mostly around Hampton Court, executed in 1874

Eugene Louis Boudin; Near Dordrecht, Ship Repair Yard; 1884; born in the port city of Honfleur, Boudin was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors

Eugene Louis Boudin; Near Dordrecht, Ship Repair Yard; 1884; born in the port city of Honfleur, Boudin was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors

William Mason Brown, Peaches on a White Plate, 1880; one of the better known of the Hudson River School’s second generation, he was renowned for romantic landscapes and still lifes

William Mason Brown, Peaches on a White Plate, 1880; one of the better known of the Hudson River School’s second generation, he was renowned for romantic landscapes and still lifes

Edward Hopper, Foreshore - Two Lights, 1927; Hopper's paintings highlight the seemingly mundane and typical scenes in everyday American life

Edward Hopper, Foreshore - Two Lights, 1927; Hopper's paintings highlight the seemingly mundane and typical scenes in everyday American life

Alex Rodriguez, Whirling Wheels, 2012; this spinning collection of windmills celebrate the ease of mobility and the freedom of movement the bicycle provides to people of all ages along the Beltline

Alex Rodriguez, Whirling Wheels, 2012; this spinning collection of windmills celebrate the ease of mobility and the freedom of movement the bicycle provides to people of all ages along the Beltline

Molly Hatch, Physic Garden, 2013; the High commissioned this large-scale, hand-painted plate painting inspired by 2 circa 1755 Chelsea porcelain factory plates

Molly Hatch, Physic Garden, 2013; the High commissioned this large-scale, hand-painted plate painting inspired by 2 circa 1755 Chelsea porcelain factory plates

Edouard Vuillard; Woman Before a Plaster Relief; 1904; after 1920 Vuillard was increasingly occupied painting portraits for wealthy and distinguished Parisians

Edouard Vuillard; Woman Before a Plaster Relief; 1904; after 1920 Vuillard was increasingly occupied painting portraits for wealthy and distinguished Parisians

Richard Dial, The Comfort and Service My Daddy Brings to Our Household, 1988; this Bessemer, Alabama artist creates austere yet whimsical sculptural chairs

Richard Dial, The Comfort and Service My Daddy Brings to Our Household, 1988; this Bessemer, Alabama artist creates austere yet whimsical sculptural chairs

Mathias Bengtsson, Plywood Slice, 1999; we wondered if you could modify the chair as the size of your derriere changed

Mathias Bengtsson, Plywood Slice, 1999; we wondered if you could modify the chair as the size of your derriere changed

Henri Matisse, Woman Seated at her Piano, 1924; Matisse was influenced by artists such as van Gogh and Cezanne; he studied the works of J.M.W. Turner and was good friends with Picasso

Henri Matisse, Woman Seated at her Piano, 1924; Matisse was influenced by artists such as van Gogh and Cezanne; he studied the works of J.M.W. Turner and was good friends with Picasso

Gustave and Christian Herter, Bedstead, Cabinet and Side Chair, 1875; the side chair is from the William H Vanderbilt mansion in New York City while the bed was originally made for Pierre Lorillard

Gustave and Christian Herter, Bedstead, Cabinet and Side Chair, 1875; the side chair is from the William H Vanderbilt mansion in New York City while the bed was originally made for Pierre Lorillard

Amadeo Modigliani, Portrait of Beatrice Hastings, 1914; he was an Italian Jewish painter and sculptor who worked mainly in France who was not well received during his lifetime but found fame later

Amadeo Modigliani, Portrait of Beatrice Hastings, 1914; he was an Italian Jewish painter and sculptor who worked mainly in France who was not well received during his lifetime but found fame later

Atlanta has gorgeous trees in the fall with Trees Atlanta adding 133,000 plantings since 1985; Trees Atlanta has helpfully labeled many of its trees with species information

Atlanta has gorgeous trees in the fall with Trees Atlanta adding 133,000 plantings since 1985; Trees Atlanta has helpfully labeled many of its trees with species information

Camille Pissarro, Ornamental Lake at Kew Gardens, London, 1892; having just visited Kew Gardens in London with Lee, I recognized this scene

Camille Pissarro, Ornamental Lake at Kew Gardens, London, 1892; having just visited Kew Gardens in London with Lee, I recognized this scene

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Water safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park, founded in 1952, is Uganda's most visited national park; the park is 764 sq miles on the country's western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo

Queen Elizabeth National Park, founded in 1952, is Uganda's most visited national park; the park is 764 sq miles on the country's western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo

African fish eagle; this species is the national bird of Namibia and Zambia and is often confused with the bald eagle but the species exist on different continents

African fish eagle; this species is the national bird of Namibia and Zambia and is often confused with the bald eagle but the species exist on different continents

We had an excellent female tour guide from Kenya with a great sense of humor who kept the group informed and organized; I never ate any of the meals (they were heavy on vegetables I don't like) but Lee said they were usually quite good

We had an excellent female tour guide from Kenya with a great sense of humor who kept the group informed and organized; I never ate any of the meals (they were heavy on vegetables I don't like) but Lee said they were usually quite good

Little kids would always wave and yell when we drove past; some would want money but we refrained since that would teach them bad habits

Little kids would always wave and yell when we drove past; some would want money but we refrained since that would teach them bad habits

Woodland kingfisher; this species is widely distributed in tropical Africa south of the Sahara and from Pretoria northwards

Woodland kingfisher; this species is widely distributed in tropical Africa south of the Sahara and from Pretoria northwards

A gregarious animal, the waterbuck may form herds consisting of 6 to 30 individuals; the animal is not endangered but large populations are being eliminated from certain habitats because of poaching and human disturbance

A gregarious animal, the waterbuck may form herds consisting of 6 to 30 individuals; the animal is not endangered but large populations are being eliminated from certain habitats because of poaching and human disturbance

African jacana; the jacana has evolved a highly unusual polyandrous mating system, meaning that one female mates with multiple males and the male alone cares for the chicks

African jacana; the jacana has evolved a highly unusual polyandrous mating system, meaning that one female mates with multiple males and the male alone cares for the chicks

There is essentially no public transit in Uganda so it's impossible to do this trip on your own unless you hired private guide; there is, however, a very informal network of intercity buses used by locals

There is essentially no public transit in Uganda so it's impossible to do this trip on your own unless you hired private guide; there is, however, a very informal network of intercity buses used by locals

The hamerkop is known for its enormous nests (high in the tree), sometimes more than 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) across, and strong enough to support a man's weight

The hamerkop is known for its enormous nests (high in the tree), sometimes more than 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) across, and strong enough to support a man's weight

Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork; native to Africa south of the Sahara, a feral population is now present in many parts of Central and Southeastern Texas

Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork; native to Africa south of the Sahara, a feral population is now present in many parts of Central and Southeastern Texas

Cape buffalo are widely regarded as among the most dangerous animals on the African continent, and according to some estimates they gore, trample, and kill more than 200 people every year

Cape buffalo are widely regarded as among the most dangerous animals on the African continent, and according to some estimates they gore, trample, and kill more than 200 people every year

The Nile crocodile is the largest freshwater predator in Africa and is responsible for hundreds of human deaths every year; the average adult male Nile crocodile is between 11.5 and 16.4 ft in length and weighs 500 to 1,650 lb

The Nile crocodile is the largest freshwater predator in Africa and is responsible for hundreds of human deaths every year; the average adult male Nile crocodile is between 11.5 and 16.4 ft in length and weighs 500 to 1,650 lb

Shining-blue kingfisher; we had a couple of birders on our tour who had books detailing the many colorful species found in Uganda

Shining-blue kingfisher; we had a couple of birders on our tour who had books detailing the many colorful species found in Uganda

Cape buffalo and hippos get along with both watching out for lions

Cape buffalo and hippos get along with both watching out for lions

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Fountains Abbey & Royal Studley Water Gardens in Yorkshire

The ruins at Fountains Abbey tell the story of 400 yrs of monastic life, years of riches, ruin and revival, brought to a close by the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII

The ruins at Fountains Abbey tell the story of 400 yrs of monastic life, years of riches, ruin and revival, brought to a close by the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII

Studley Royal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site but I expected more of their gardens; there was no color and it was just large grassy areas with hedges

Studley Royal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site but I expected more of their gardens; there was no color and it was just large grassy areas with hedges

Part of a 674 acre parcel,  Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal became two of the first National Trust properties to be included in Google Street View, using the Google Trike

Part of a 674 acre parcel, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal became two of the first National Trust properties to be included in Google Street View, using the Google Trike

The abbey church, completed around 1170, was 300 ft long and had 11 bays in the side aisles; an 160-foot-tall tower was added in the early 1500s, not long before the dissolution

The abbey church, completed around 1170, was 300 ft long and had 11 bays in the side aisles; an 160-foot-tall tower was added in the early 1500s, not long before the dissolution

Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England; the abbey precinct covered 70 acres surrounded by an 11-foot high wall built in the 13th century, some parts of which are still visible

Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England; the abbey precinct covered 70 acres surrounded by an 11-foot high wall built in the 13th century, some parts of which are still visible

By the mid-1200s, Fountains Abbey had become one of the largest and most powerful religious houses in the country; it was one of the leading producers of wool which provided the main source of wealth

By the mid-1200s, Fountains Abbey had become one of the largest and most powerful religious houses in the country; it was one of the leading producers of wool which provided the main source of wealth

The Church of St Mary is a Victorian Gothic Revival church built in the Early English style and consecrated in 1878; its extravagantly decorated interior is influenced by 13th century English Gothic styles

The Church of St Mary is a Victorian Gothic Revival church built in the Early English style and consecrated in 1878; its extravagantly decorated interior is influenced by 13th century English Gothic styles

It seems like everywhere we went in England that everyone had a dog; dogs were allowed most places but grocery stores and most restaurants were off-limits

It seems like everywhere we went in England that everyone had a dog; dogs were allowed most places but grocery stores and most restaurants were off-limits

The abbot's house, one of the largest in England, was built in the mid-12th century as a modest structure, then, from the 14th century, underwent extensive expansion to end up in the 16th century as a grand dwelling; the great hall was 171 by 69 ft

The abbot's house, one of the largest in England, was built in the mid-12th century as a modest structure, then, from the 14th century, underwent extensive expansion to end up in the 16th century as a grand dwelling; the great hall was 171 by 69 ft

Lee and I had to check out Studley Royal in honor of Jeff Fisher; I guess Jeff wasn't the original Studley but now he has a famous park which shares his name

Lee and I had to check out Studley Royal in honor of Jeff Fisher; I guess Jeff wasn't the original Studley but now he has a famous park which shares his name

Studley Royal was originally a separate property with the owner developing an English garden and lakes using his neighbors monastic ruins as a backdrop; the properties were eventually combined in 1767

Studley Royal was originally a separate property with the owner developing an English garden and lakes using his neighbors monastic ruins as a backdrop; the properties were eventually combined in 1767

The stained glass in St. Mary's Church is of particularly high quality; the church was built by the Marquess and Marchioness of Ripon following a tragic family death in 1870

The stained glass in St. Mary's Church is of particularly high quality; the church was built by the Marquess and Marchioness of Ripon following a tragic family death in 1870

In 1874 Lord Ripon converted to Roman Catholicism, much to the dismay of his family and political colleagues; his wife remained loyal to the Church of England, and so she assumed greater responsibility for the half-built church

In 1874 Lord Ripon converted to Roman Catholicism, much to the dismay of his family and political colleagues; his wife remained loyal to the Church of England, and so she assumed greater responsibility for the half-built church

At Bodnant Gardens I bought a one year National Trust membership which allows me free entry into any National Trust site in the UK; this is one of those sites and they seem to be like our National Park Service but aren't all parks

At Bodnant Gardens I bought a one year National Trust membership which allows me free entry into any National Trust site in the UK; this is one of those sites and they seem to be like our National Park Service but aren't all parks

The Church of St. Mary the Virgin; Fountains Abbey began in 1132 when a group of 13 disaffected monks from York came to this wild and wooded valley in search of a simpler life

The Church of St. Mary the Virgin; Fountains Abbey began in 1132 when a group of 13 disaffected monks from York came to this wild and wooded valley in search of a simpler life

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Miami's Wynwood Walls New Addition to Hip City

It's always great catching up with Albert!; his enthusiasm, positive energy and infectious laugh just make everything better

It's always great catching up with Albert!; his enthusiasm, positive energy and infectious laugh just make everything better

Every second Saturday thousands of visitors looking for culture, food and fun crowd the streets of Wynwood to enjoy the best of Miami's art scene during Art Walk

Every second Saturday thousands of visitors looking for culture, food and fun crowd the streets of Wynwood to enjoy the best of Miami's art scene during Art Walk

The Wynwood Walls were created in 2009 by the late Tony Goldman in an effort to develop the area's pedestrian potential; Curbed listed Wynwood Walls as among the 16 most Instagrammable places in US cities in 2018

The Wynwood Walls were created in 2009 by the late Tony Goldman in an effort to develop the area's pedestrian potential; Curbed listed Wynwood Walls as among the 16 most Instagrammable places in US cities in 2018

The Wynwood Art District in Miami is one of the largest open-air street art installations in the world; it's also home to more than 10 art galleries

The Wynwood Art District in Miami is one of the largest open-air street art installations in the world; it's also home to more than 10 art galleries

Shepard Fairey, USA; he became widely known during the 2008 U.S. presidential election for his Barack Obama Hope poster

Shepard Fairey, USA; he became widely known during the 2008 U.S. presidential election for his Barack Obama Hope poster

Martin Whatson, Norway; best known for his calligraphic scribbles in grayscale voids, Whatson's work was one of my favorites

Martin Whatson, Norway; best known for his calligraphic scribbles in grayscale voids, Whatson's work was one of my favorites

Ken Hiratsuka, Japan; like the peaceful rock gardens I saw in Japan, Hiratsuka's sculpted work transcends the differences of nations and languages

Ken Hiratsuka, Japan; like the peaceful rock gardens I saw in Japan, Hiratsuka's sculpted work transcends the differences of nations and languages

Bordalo II, Portugal; famous for his Trash Animals, his creations are made from refuse and in this way he relates us to sustainability, ecology and social awareness

Bordalo II, Portugal; famous for his Trash Animals, his creations are made from refuse and in this way he relates us to sustainability, ecology and social awareness

Risk, Rolling Stone Hello Kitty, $30,000; this artist worked on movie and music video sets including the film Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and videos for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice Cube, Bad Religion and Michael Jackson

Risk, Rolling Stone Hello Kitty, $30,000; this artist worked on movie and music video sets including the film Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and videos for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice Cube, Bad Religion and Michael Jackson

The London Police, Taking Bigger Liberties, $22,000; the two guys that make up the London Police began their collaboration in 1998

The London Police, Taking Bigger Liberties, $22,000; the two guys that make up the London Police began their collaboration in 1998

Kobra, Brazil; in 2016 Kobra painted the then largest mural titled Ethnic Groups which celebrated the 2016 Olympic games and has painted more than 3,000 murals on five different continents

Kobra, Brazil; in 2016 Kobra painted the then largest mural titled Ethnic Groups which celebrated the 2016 Olympic games and has painted more than 3,000 murals on five different continents

Ron English, Big Red Temper Tot, $90,000; the artist is well-known for creating the obese fast-food mascot featured in the movie Super Size Me

Ron English, Big Red Temper Tot, $90,000; the artist is well-known for creating the obese fast-food mascot featured in the movie Super Size Me

Wynwood reminded me of the Melrose district in LA with it's trendy clothing stores, expensive condos and thriving art scene; the man who redeveloped the Wynwood area had previously done the same for Soho in New York City

Wynwood reminded me of the Melrose district in LA with it's trendy clothing stores, expensive condos and thriving art scene; the man who redeveloped the Wynwood area had previously done the same for Soho in New York City

Risk, Politely Go Fuck Yourself, $50,000; Risk (aka Kelly Graval) pioneered graffiti on freeway overpasses in Southern California and parlayed his fame into a line of graffiti-inspired clothing

Risk, Politely Go Fuck Yourself, $50,000; Risk (aka Kelly Graval) pioneered graffiti on freeway overpasses in Southern California and parlayed his fame into a line of graffiti-inspired clothing

Faile, Listening to the WIld Side, $38,000; Faile is two Brooklyn-based artists who met as kids in Arizona who have become very successful, pop-culture collage masters

Faile, Listening to the WIld Side, $38,000; Faile is two Brooklyn-based artists who met as kids in Arizona who have become very successful, pop-culture collage masters

Peter Tunney, USA; Liberty, on the left, is selling for $150,000 while Courage, on the right, is a steal at only $60,000

Peter Tunney, USA; Liberty, on the left, is selling for $150,000 while Courage, on the right, is a steal at only $60,000

Tomokazu Matsuyama, Japan; born in Takayama, Japan (city I really liked), Matsuyama moved to Brooklyn after college where he attended the Pratt Institute (like many others exhibited here)

Tomokazu Matsuyama, Japan; born in Takayama, Japan (city I really liked), Matsuyama moved to Brooklyn after college where he attended the Pratt Institute (like many others exhibited here)

Maya Hayuk, Wynwood Wall Redux, $50,000; another Brooklyn-based artist, she famously sued Starbucks but the court decided that shapes, lines and colors were not exclusive to Hayuk and withstood copyright infringement's substantial similarities

Maya Hayuk, Wynwood Wall Redux, $50,000; another Brooklyn-based artist, she famously sued Starbucks but the court decided that shapes, lines and colors were not exclusive to Hayuk and withstood copyright infringement's substantial similarities

Dasic Fernandez, Chile; now living in NYC, he helped paint a rooftop mural to protest Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration law dominated by giant yellow block letters that spell out the statement - no human being is illegal

Dasic Fernandez, Chile; now living in NYC, he helped paint a rooftop mural to protest Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration law dominated by giant yellow block letters that spell out the statement - no human being is illegal

Ernest Zacharevic, Lithuania; he received worldwide recognition in 2012 after creating a series of six street art murals for the George Town Festival in Penang, Malaysia, with the BBC calling him Malaysia's answer to Banksy

Ernest Zacharevic, Lithuania; he received worldwide recognition in 2012 after creating a series of six street art murals for the George Town Festival in Penang, Malaysia, with the BBC calling him Malaysia's answer to Banksy

Michael Vasquez, USA; originally from St. Petersburg, FL, the artist moved to Miami where he became known for his vivid paintings that represent the histories, streetwise social codes and mythic nature of a neighborhood street gang

Michael Vasquez, USA; originally from St. Petersburg, FL, the artist moved to Miami where he became known for his vivid paintings that represent the histories, streetwise social codes and mythic nature of a neighborhood street gang

Audrey Kawasaki, USA; her style has been described as a fusion of Art Nouveau and Japanese manga, with primary influences like Gustav Klimt and Alphonse Mucha

Audrey Kawasaki, USA; her style has been described as a fusion of Art Nouveau and Japanese manga, with primary influences like Gustav Klimt and Alphonse Mucha

Kelsey Montague, USA; Montague's work became famous when Taylor Swift posed in front of her angel wing mural in New York City

Kelsey Montague, USA; Montague's work became famous when Taylor Swift posed in front of her angel wing mural in New York City

Ashop Crew, Canada; this group of artists seems more commercial than the others here with their work being primarily public and corporate commissions

Ashop Crew, Canada; this group of artists seems more commercial than the others here with their work being primarily public and corporate commissions

Tatiana Suarez, USA; born and raised in Miami, she is one of the few women on display here and also one of the youngest at 29

Tatiana Suarez, USA; born and raised in Miami, she is one of the few women on display here and also one of the youngest at 29

Tavar Zawacki, USA; this Northern California native is famous for the up arrows in his work; he moved to Paris at 19 and is currently based in Berlin

Tavar Zawacki, USA; this Northern California native is famous for the up arrows in his work; he moved to Paris at 19 and is currently based in Berlin

Tats Cru, USA; this is a group of Bronx-based graffiti artists turned professional muralists and has created artwork for many musicians including Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, Metallica and Jennifer Lopez

Tats Cru, USA; this is a group of Bronx-based graffiti artists turned professional muralists and has created artwork for many musicians including Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, Metallica and Jennifer Lopez

Buff Monster, USA; born in Hawaii (and with a fine arts degree from USC), his work features happy characters living in brightly colored bubbly landscapes

Buff Monster, USA; born in Hawaii (and with a fine arts degree from USC), his work features happy characters living in brightly colored bubbly landscapes

Deih, Spain; this native of Valencia draws introspective pieces based on his life and feelings (I can't imagine what he's feeling in this work)

Deih, Spain; this native of Valencia draws introspective pieces based on his life and feelings (I can't imagine what he's feeling in this work)

Joe Iurato, USA; the secret of Iurato’s work is the universal appeal of his figures - we are bound to love them, since they tell heart-warming stories about the human experience

Joe Iurato, USA; the secret of Iurato’s work is the universal appeal of his figures - we are bound to love them, since they tell heart-warming stories about the human experience

Tristan Eaton, USA; Eaton is a Lollipop artist, street art muralist, illustrator and toy designer whose work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City

Tristan Eaton, USA; Eaton is a Lollipop artist, street art muralist, illustrator and toy designer whose work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City

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