Push, squeeze and pull yourself through the crazy glitz, glamour and hordes of Gucci clad, cash-splashing Shanghainese in Jingan and you will materialise at the other end, in Shanghai’s grey and polluted waters of Suzhou Creek. At first sight, you’ll assume you’ve turned up at this place one year too early: construction abounds and giant diggers wade their way through a concrete mess. Or maybe you’re 5 years too late: what once was, now falls to forgotten pieces. It’s a far cry from the army of people buying the latest Prada handbag back from where you came from. You are in THE place for street art in Shanghai and you’re in for a treat.
M50, a truly refreshing space which many an artist and creative is grateful for, is Shanghai’s answer to expressing yourself and letting go. If you want to make your mark, you can go right ahead and do it.
What is so fantastic about this space is how it continues to pulsate, contort and change continuously. One week you may gawp at a T-REX, furiously blasting its way out of a wall to devour every bone in your body. Return there again in two weeks time and that dinosaur has been overpowered and exterminated by a mesmerising lady in white, staring right through you in a truly beautiful way.
It’s on Moganshan Road off Zhongtan Road. The nearest metro stop is Zhongtan Road on Line 3 and 4 or you could also get off Changshou Road on Line 7 and 13. Happy art hopping travellers!