It’s not often we venture to the shopping malls here in Bodrum but the draw of a piping hot Starbucks from their branch at the Avenue Mall Shopping Centre was the only draw until I spotted this street art.
This two-level shopping mall opened in May 2013, and is a combination of small shops, a large Migros supermarket, and the new arrival of a modest sized IKEA ordering centre, which moved from a smaller location nearby. There was high hopes for this shopping centre when it first opened with grand plans to stand toe-to-toe commercially with Midtown, but it never seemed to live up to expectations. It’s one saving grace is a Starbucks! Now that IKEA has moved into the Avenue, maybe this will attract more businesses to locate here.
On my last visit there I spotted this street art of a couple of small children on a bicycle. The little boys face is so engaging, and you can see him gripping on for dear life as his older sister takes them on an adventure.
I’m a sucker for street art, I love how it grabs your attention. It’s free art for the masses meant to be enjoyed by anyone who wants to give it a glance, not something that’s there for commercial gain.
The way that the Avenue artist has incorporated part of the environment (the bike) has a feeling of Banksy, and if you haven’t seen the Paramount film “Exit Through the Gift Shop” – here’s a trailer that was uploaded on the YouTube Banksy channel.
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This is the inside story of Street Art, and tells the story about what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide.
Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop
Bodrum Shopping Itinerary
No matter how much time you have to devote, there’s a variety of options to build your ideal Bodrum Itinerary. Do you want to fill an hour, or devote a whole day to shopping ’til you drop? Whether you want modern day or old world, cheap & cheerful or wallet-busting, there are plenty of shopping opportunities without having to venture too far afield. Over on my Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide I’ve put together a Shop ’til you Drop Itinerary to get you started on your retail therapy adventure.