Part of the philosophy of graffiti is that it is a living, breathing street art. Whether or not you think of graffiti as a highly-skilled street art or an ugly, criminal activity, there is no denying that some pieces make you wonder just how the artist got up there? The advantage of these spots to the artists is that their art is difficult to remove and/or spray over, which gives exclusivity to the piece. These hard to reach works are sometimes known as “heavens” or “giraffiti” due to their nature, which as well as being high to reach, also risk death or serious injury to the artist.
In this piece, we are going to have a look through some death defying graffiti spots!
SAVE THE PALESTINE – Brooklyn, New York City, USA
This has to be one of the most dangerous spots. The lengths some artists go to with a political message can be awe-inspiring. This piece looks to be about some 60 feet or so above ground level. Not only that but it looks very difficult to get up!
Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, USA
One of the most insane spots, which is on the top of Golden Gate Bridge in ‘cisco. This spot is about 746 feet high. Look how small the cars look!
STENZ – Reading, UK
The 15 storey, 50m tall Western Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Reading. STENZ, TPK and CUF have all managed to throw up their all-be-it eyesore tags on the derelict British Rail Offices.
TAHOE tag – On the Freeway, USA
The TAHOE tag can usually be found on trains and walls, but with this spot being above another dangerous US freeway.
Various – Plymouth, UK
Under motorway bridges you can normally find graffiti spots. With the large blank concrete pillars and quiet scrub land surrounding, it offers artists perfect conditions for throwing up some larger pieces of work - with no exception of under the A38 in Plymouth. As spots become harder to find, artists try to find more difficult spots to use, resorting in climbing pillars and along metal girdlers to some of the spots seen above, which are about 20 foot high!
mah mah – North West London, UK
Sites along railways are a fairly common sight for graffiti and street art. This site can be found along the over ground in North West London. Not only a hazard due to trains passing and electricity running through the rails but some of the tracks are also elevated meaning a nasty fall if you are to get it wrong.
PEAS – North West London, UK
Heading Northbound on the M25 in South Buckinghamshire, one can find the PEAS graffiti tag on the “Over the Misbourne Road”. Over the years it has been modified to read “GIVE PEAS A CHANCE” which you can tell from photographs of the site, and the white paint runs on the latter words sprayed to accompany PEAS. The bridge is some 30 feet or so above the M25, one of the busiest motorways in the country.
photographer: catseye1812 - Alyne Lidgley
PLEGR – L.A., USA
This spot is in the 101 Highway in LA. As you can see, the drop is a good 20 foot or so down to solid concrete, with the ledge about 3 foot and an 8 inch lip to shuffle along. It doesn’t bear thinking about losing your footing on this one.
JOBS – Minneapolis, USA
This JOBS piece up on Highawatha, Uptown Minneapolis is a dangerous spot for sure. Over 6 Storeys high, don’t fall!
Str8er Up High
FOE and more - Unknown
This spot is mad. Not only can you barely see this ledge, but how do you get there easily? As well as the drop, which “looks” nearly as high as a 50 storey building!
Titan and 2Buck - Ledge Art 4 Storeys High
ADZE – L.A., USA
A mad bridge spot by ADZE. This is underneath the freeway in LA, which looks like artists would need harnesses and pulleys to navigate under here.
Under the Bridge - Unknown