Street Art Vs. Graffiti Essay

836 Words Nov 11th, 2015 4 Pages
I am going to argue that street art rose to a substantially valuable level from cultural and historical perspective, thus, it is time to change or flex the property law in favor of preserving important murals of street artists. My focus is solely on Banksy, whose works have been predominantly illegal. B. Background on Street Art and Graffiti Although street art and graffiti are frequently referred to as being synonymous to each other and there is, indeed, a lot of crossover between the two, it is critical to briefly distinguish that street art and graffiti are not the same thing. Graffiti (from Italian sgraffio means “scratch”; from Greek graphein means “to write”) is originated from the scribbles found in ancient Rome. Today, the term graffiti is an urban contemporary movement, which includes anything from the simple marks to the complex and colorful works; it is expressed by varying styles from tags to political graffiti; and encompasses the use of different methods including spray cans, markers, paint brushes, stickers, and more. The main types of graffiti are gang graffiti; tagger graffiti; conventional graffiti; and ideological graffiti. Graffiti, especially tagging, predominantly aims at the destruction and vandalism of the property and street artists’ murals, as seen in Wynwood of Miami. Thus, many artists creating murals distinguish themselves as “street artists” instead of “graffiti artists.”
Street artists are largely conceptual artists whose goal is to…

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