Street art is ever changing; the thrill is in knowing the masterpiece you saw today might be gone tomorrow.
You don't have to visit a showroom or museum to view art in Estonia; it's all around you on the streets. In Tallinn and Tartu you can find it almost everywhere, but colourful, detailed works can be seen in smaller places like Võru, Haapsalu and even the odd village. Graffiti is technically illegal in Estonia, yet has evolved beyond vandalism into a respected and beloved art form. Socially conscious street art serves as a commentary on current events, giving the observant visitor a glimpse into local society.
Where to look
Freehand graffiti is more common in Tallinn, while Tartu is known for its well-prepared stencil artworks. Tartu is dubbed the "cultural capital" of Estonia and has a noticeably high concentration of street art. You won't have to look far to find slogans and magical creatures on everything from lampposts to buildings. Some murals have been there for years and have become landmarks of the city. One sure-fire place to see new art is under bridges. Another tip is to check out the toilets at Genialists' Club, where a collection of funny and sometimes political graffiti is growing. Graffiti fans have compiled a street art map of Tartu, if you're keen on making a self-guided walking tour.