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Street Art, a revolutionary movement in history

Street Art, a revolutionary movement in history

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History of street art

The concept of thoughts’ expression on walls is not a brand-new idea to humanity. Originally, the world started to know the concept of wall carvings and inscriptions in the time of ancient Greeks. Egyptian monuments and temples as well as the Ancient Romans walls recorded the history of such great civilizations. However, the message of public art back then was different from today. It was more about words of love and thought. Today graffiti is more expressive of a socio-political aspect.

There can be a confusion between Graffiti and street art. While Graffiti focuses more on the words, street art is more about the visuals. They are both a result of public expression of beliefs.

Ancient Greek inscriptions
Ancient Greek inscriptions
Egyptian wall paintings- Photo courtesy: RicardMN Photography
Egyptian wall paintings- Photo courtesy: RicardMN Photography

Graffiti and Pop Cultures

According to the photographer Brassaï in 1930s, graffiti was known in the streets of Paris long before it went to New York. However, New York is what really got graffiti to the mainstream culture. The wide spreading of graffiti art goes back to the popularity of the hip-hop culture. In 1970s graffiti became part of the city’s landscape. Subway art was a great milestone in the evolution of street art. In 1984, the movie “Wild Style” showed the connection between street art and hip-hop culture. Later graffiti was also linked to the culture of punk rock. People stenciled the names and logos of their favourite bands on the street walls and subway.

Cornbread subway graffiti art- Photo courtesy: WideWalls.com
Cornbread subway graffiti art- Photo courtesy: WideWalls.com
Stoop Rap Double Trouble scene 1981 photo by Cathy Campbell
Stoop Rap Double Trouble scene 1981 photo by Cathy Campbell
Stenciled graffiti in Lisbon, Portugal- Photo courtesy: Dudva
Stenciled graffiti in Lisbon, Portugal- Photo courtesy: Dudva

Power of the street art-Revolutionary move

Before gaining today’s respect, street art was greatly frowned upon by the authorities. As a matter of fact, the act of publicly expressing oneself always had its chaotic nature. Sometimes, it can be object against  public and political issues. But mostly it is about the revolution of unapologetically being yourself and expressing the voice of the silent masses.

Graffiti on the walls markedly recorded major historical incidents. In 1980s, the Berlin wall was a canvas for artists from all over the world to decorate it after German reunification. With the emergence of the use of stencil, people started to use it to express their political opinions. In Buenes Aires, for instance, the stencil art was a tool of protest between years of 1976-1983.

Graffiti art on Berlin Wall
Graffiti art on Berlin Wall
Street Art work in Buenos Aires
Street art work in Buenos Aires

Banksy

In 2000s, the graffiti world started to greatly change, all because of Banksy. This anonymous British street artist, who always wears a mask, created the turning point in the street art history. Banksy is a graffiti artist, painter, activist, filmmaker who is a real game changer. In 2010, Banksy was among the world’s 100 most influential people in  Times Magazine’s list.

Banksy, an english street artist- Photo courtesy: (Pixelbully / Alamy)
Banksy, an english street artist- Photo courtesy: (Pixelbully / Alamy)

Banksy’s work broke through the commercialization of graffiti art. This once seen chaotic act made it to museums. His work is now sold for millions of dollars. Here are some of his work:

Nothing is nobler than the act of self-expression through any form. To create art work that can make people look, hold on and think to be altered for good. Our urban experience in the street still has a lot to offer. Over the years, the people did not really need a canvas to express their ideas. The canvas has always been right there.

Street art by banksy that the London Borough of Camden Council opted to protect with plexiglass.
Street art by banksy that the London Borough of Camden- Photo courtesy: inquiriesjournal.com Council opted to protect with plexiglass.

An architect who’s passionate about movies, design, and advertising. Living for the art of storytelling in different ways, and always seeking to write inspiring stories about good things in the world.

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