Art adds spirit to the otherwise monotonous world we live in. We walk through concrete jungles for work and saunter through the house because we are so brain dead after an 8 hour work day.
I find myself calling spray paint artwork on the sides of buildings and trains, street art while others call it vandalism. I have always seen it as an art because it creates abstract illusions that make people stop and look at it while walking around. For me calling it ‘street art’ is like categorizing the art pieces like those in the art museum are categorized. Instead, these artists use the solid brick buildings to showcase their talent.
So where does the artwork created draw the line of vandalism?
By law, it prohibits ‘destroying, injuring, defacing, or damaging property or real property’ which is classified as ‘vandalism.’ If caught, charges could be anywhere from a hefty fine to imprisonment. I understand the artists may not be asking permission to paint and it could also be classified as trespassing in a way, but these artists are creating pieces that convey messages. I don’t see why people need to be so uptight about painting over the artwork, unless of course it is related to illegal acts, but if it is not, I see no harm in leaving the piece up for the world’s viewing pleasure.
Art is defined as ‘the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.’
There may be a handful of creations that create chaos, but overall, these works are phenomenal and they create a sense of unity within the community. I have walked or driven past many works of art created by the night artists that convey such emotion and beauty. The talent shows through their art and it makes me have hope in the otherwise black and white world. These artists need to be showcased rather than punished. A job could mean the world to one of the artists, but one will never know because most of them work after dark.