One of my favorite things to do on a city trip is looking for street art. Sometimes I am on the hunt for big murals just like the ones we know from London or Berlin, and sometimes I look for the small artworks. Tallinn is a city of the later. At first, you won’t see much street art in this city, especially if you limit your time to the old city center. But outside the old center of Tallinn, there’s plenty of street art to see. In this blog post I tell where to look and how to find some great street art.
Walk the Cultural Kilometer
Cultural Kilometer is a pedestrian and bicycle lane. It connects the harbor of Tallinn with Kalamaja and the city center. Along this path you’ll find mostly tags, but there is also some good street art. The route starts at the old Olympic venue Linnahall and passes the Museum for Contemporary Art EKKM. Near the museum you can find the Kultuurikatel, easy to recognize by the letters ‘UN’ on the tower. This old electricity plant is transformed into a music and arts venue. If you continue the path you’ll see the old fishers harbor. Café Klaus Kohvik is situated here and is a good place for lunch. Eventually, the path ends near the abandoned Patarei Prison. Not far from the prison you can visit the modern Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour Museum. This used to be a hangar for seaplanes, but now it is a European awarded maritime museum.
All the graffiti and art I found along the Cultural Kilometer.
Telliskivi, the creative city
The Telliskivi complex is located in the Kalamaja area. This used to be electricity complex of the Baltic Railway, but now it’s transformed into the Telliskivi Loomelinnak (Telliskivi Creative City). It is a trendy innovative place with lots of street art. The annual JJ-Street Baltic Street Art Jam has also contributed to this. During this event national and international artists show their best works throughout the city and everything can stay (nothing is erased). I especially liked the mural at the entrance of the complex, the purple paint is so vivid!
Telliskivi, the creative part of Tallinn.
And there is more!
You can find most of the street art in the area of Kalamaja and the Telliskivi complex, but there are also some good pieces in other parts of Tallinn. For instance, I saw a huge mural on the Tartu Maantee made by the Australian artist Guido van Helten. This piece is called Saarepiiga, a character from the famous Estonian epic poem Kalevipoeg. It looks super classy and it really blends in with the environment. To see this mural you can take tram nr. 2 or 4 (ticket is 2 euros).
How great is that mural? Totally worth the effort.
Do you like street art?