When you are out and about in a city, you may come across some thought-provoking artwork without stepping inside a museum or a gallery. Subways, exterior walls, bridge railings, or almost any public space can function as a platform for street art, which continues to divide opinions.
Whether it’s commissioned or unsanctioned, cute colourful yarn bombs (graffiti knitting) or sharp stencil graffiti, some see street art as nuisance and vandalism, others as an expression of artistic freedom and a way to brighten up the bleak urban environment. It can be used to provoke, advertise, commemorate, decorate, make a socio-political statement, personalise sterile public places, or simply reach a wider audience in an unconventional format, to get your work ‘out there’. Whatever the reasons behind it and however we feel about it, urban art in its many forms is here to stay.
I’m no expert on (urban) art or its meaning but if it’s well-executed, powerful, quirky, colourful, or funny, I’m likely to stop, admire, and photograph it. As pictures are said to speak louder than words, I’ll let this random selection of images from my travels do the talking. Have a great (arty) weekend!