3 Reasons Why Cities Should Promote Street Art

Street art has been sweeping the world with festivals in almost every major cities, but why?

Wall murals is another name for street art and is usually done in acrylics or spray paint.

While murals may incorporate lettering like Graffiti writing, it is more geared to images that rooted realism. The popularity of this type of art is based on 3 essential values:

  1. Beauty. Beautification of our urban environments. Whether the piece is small or large, the beauty of these wall murals can be outstanding.  Like all art, the beauty of the work can be sole justification for its existence.
  2. Place. Creating an unique place in our often bland urban environments.  While many architects strive to create interesting and unique buildings, there are still many other buildings that have little to say about themselves.  Adding a mural to a blank wall makes an unremarkable place into a very remarkable place. Variety and diversity creates interest and attraction to a particular location.
  3. Pause. By drawing attention to a particular spot, you are encouraging people to pause and take notice; creating the opportunity to engage with the local geography of the place..  If the work is really successful, then people may Instagram photos of the wall and share them with friends, thereby making the place famous. In some cities like London (UK), groups have organized tours of the more important streets with outstanding murals.

As an artist, I feel strongly that street art should play a major role in our cities.  If handled properly, art councils and artist cooperatives can create a rich range of opportunities for community artists that will brighten our urban street-scapes.

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Published by Chris Erskine

Inspired by architecture and landscapes, my art explores our relationship to place, memory and identity. As a mid career artist, my art practice includes: painting, murals, short films, and sound art.

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