From the Bronx to Brick Lane in London- international street arts are transforming public urban spaces into intricate works of art infused with bright colours, socio-political messages and originality turning previously neglected and abandoned parts of the city into quirky tourist attractions.
One particular city that is celebrating street art and in turn becoming a mecca for street artists all around the world is New York. A pioneer in street art culture, New York has embraced street art from its crude origins of illegal graffiti tagging and nocturnal stencilling to celebrate it as legitimate art form that has provided a much needed new aesthetic to the city. No longer viewed as vandalism or defacement of public property, street art has been allowed to flourish and areas such as Bushwick and Williamsburg in New York now promote walking tours around the local area allowing students to explore the open canvasses that have come to characterise the neighbourhood.
Born out of 1960’s graffiti culture and prompted by social instability and anti-establishment movements, New York street art is the perfect excursion for an art and design student seeking creative influences. On a guided tour, students can expect to experience a diverse array of vibrant creations ranging from large artistic murals to small intricate graffiti patterns that have come from artists all around the world. Students will be immersed in the culture and lifestyle of today’s urban artists learning about the meaning of their art and how much people have been willing to pay for their creative masterpieces.
If New York is too far afield then a perfect alternative is the open air gallery of London’s East End which has become just as much of an attraction as the more conventional art galleries in the city. Along with visiting the Tower of London and enjoying the views from the London Eye, exploring London’s street art has become a must see and our capital city possesses some of the best street art in the world today. Both cities offer a different and alternative way to viewing a city that will no doubt appeal to an art and design student looking to draw inspiration for their studies.
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