Vandalism And Street Art

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Surprisingly, even today, street art is often perceived as vandalism. This misunderstood art form is present in all of our daily lives, acting as an inspiration to countless aspiring artists and brightening up the dismal world we live in today, with ongoing wars and refugees fleeing to safety, in an attempt to escape their nightmare. It is a method of self-expression used by many people. Every individual has their hobbies and interests. To some it is street art. To those who object to street art, it should be emphasised that street art is not graffiti and graffiti is not street art. Street art is a creative ability that should be praised and admired. Instead it is often disdained. Is it right to simply equate the unique talented art we see …show more content…
Harmful or offensive language is not used by street artists. They do not do it to ruin streets or deface walls, in fact their intent is the antithesis of this. The artists just want to express themselves and use colours to camouflage the tedious buildings we constantly pass every day. A little joy or happiness can be found simply on the walls that surround us. So what does not make sense is why it is still condemned as vandalism. Street art is an intricate technique with beneficial values and should become legal. There are so many heinous crimes being committed in this world: murder, kidnapping, rape, and now somehow street art is a punishable offence too. Do you truly agree that street art should come under the same heading as these crimes? An example of this was in 2008, when a handful of London artists were arrested for “defacing public property”. As a result, they served almost two years. Nevertheless, at that time, many people vigorously defended these artists to claim their …show more content…
The art is getting so much attention, it is equivalent to the amount, art displayed in museums receive, as explained by Oliver Bennett in his article on street art. This is important since it is argued highly by the opposite side that it is not real art, yet if ‘contemporary art’ is considered as real then so should street art. There are currently ongoing street art tours in various places- New York, Paris, Melbourne, Berlin, London- street art is a growing force of fascination that catches the eyes of a vast number of people all across the world. Alternative Tours is a business based in London which conducts tours across the city. They propose to spend the money they raise to partially create free of charge street art classes for deprived children in the area. Unmistakeably, this shows street art has values. Not only does the art bring in money to the city through tourists, it also plans to deliver children a fun lesson in art which ultimately diverts them from the worries and stress they may be experiencing in their lives. Surely, if tourists themselves are in favour of street art, we should not be treating it as vandalism. Additionally, street art may not be found in galleries, nevertheless, it does deserve to obtain identical admiration to ones that

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