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GALLERY: Examples of Adelaide street art sit alongside bold and sometimes provocative murals from all over the world in a new Lonely Planet book.

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Published this month and titled simply Street Art, the book presents the art as an intrinsic part of the cultural fabric of urban life and features photos from the streets of 42 cities, including New York, Rome, Paris, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Christchurch, Istanbul and Johannesburg.

Maps show street-art hotspots, and details are given of key artists and festivals.

“Street art is now present in almost every city, town and village in the world, from Aachen to Zwolle,” Ed Bartlett, who compiled the works, writes in the book’s introduction.

“Its true audience is measured in the billions. And given that the first record of homo sapiens painting on walls is thought to date back around 40,000 years, it’s actually more surprising that street art has taken so long to flourish.”

The chapter devoted to Adelaide says there is a vibrant street-art scene in the inner-city, as well as “an active and technically adept traditional graffiti scene”.

“Morphett Street Bridge is the only ‘free wall’ in the city, and sits just around the corner from the Jive car par – itself a real treasure trove of urban art.”

The book features photographs of street art in Leigh Street, Little Rundle Street and Bank Street, and singles out Port Adelaide – site of the Wonderwalls festival – as one of the places well worth a visit for street-art enthusiasts.

The photos below are reproduced with permission from Street Art, © Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com.au).

Artist: Fin DAC/Photo: Colourourcity. Location: Little Rundle Street, Kent Town, Adelaide

Artist: Fin DAC. Photo: Colourourcity. Location: Little Rundle Street, Kent Town, Adelaide

Artist: PichiAvo. Photo: Neil James. Location: Masonic Pub, 112 North Street, Bristol.

Artist: PichiAvo. Photo: Neil James. Location: Masonic Pub, 112 North Street, Bristol.

Artist: Louis Masai/Photo: Neil James. Redpoint Climbing Centre, 40 Winterstoke Road, Bristol

Artist: Louis Masai. Photo: Neil James. Location: Redpoint Climbing Centre, 40 Winterstoke Road, Bristol

Artist: D*Face/Photo: HALOPIGG. Location: 3547 Saint Laurent Boulevard, Montreal.

Artist: D*Face. Photo: HALOPIGG. Location: 3547 Saint Laurent Boulevard, Montreal.

Artist: C215/Photo: C215. Location: 188 Rue Pelleport, Paris.

Artist: C215. Photo: C215. Location: 188 Rue Pelleport, Paris.

Artist: Invader (NYC_176). Photo: Invader. Location: 322 West 14th Street, New York.

Artist: Invader (NYC_176). Photo: Invader. Location: 322 West 14th Street, New York.

Artist: Hauser/Photo: Brandon Shigeta. Location: 690 Pohukaina Street, Honolulu.

Artist: Hauser/Photo: Brandon Shigeta. Location: 690 Pohukaina Street, Honolulu.

Artist: Cyrcle. Photo: Cyrcle. Location: Via Recíproca 1800-142, Lisbon

Artist: Cyrcle. Photo: Cyrcle. Location: Via Recíproca 1800-142, Lisbon

Artist: Animalitoland. Photo: Fredrik. Location: Bredfjällsgatan 46, Angered, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Artist: YASH. Photo: Linus Lundin. Location: Väderilsgatan 44-56, Gothenburg.

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