Graffiti: Street Art or Vandalism?
Street Art or Vandalism?
While driving around Chicago, it is not hard to find murals on the walls of buildings and bridges. Many are beautiful and took a lot of time to create. They serve as a way to give some color to a neighborhood. While driving past some of my favorite murals, the Hubbard Street Murals, I began to notice the tagging and defacement on the walls.
Some have even been painted over to cover up graffiti.
Another Mural in Hyde Park was also defaced.
Many people think of this kind of this when they hear about grafitii artists. They see the sketchy allys and industrial buildings.
But Graffiti can be beautiful and give color to communities just like the commissioned murals.
Going out and looking of Graffiti like that made me see the skill and beauty in everyday Graffiti.
Chicago has strict policy on graffiti and paints over it frequently, but should we censor these artists. They create just as beautiful art as the people payed to by the city. I believe that letting graffiti artist spray freely will bring color to the city and brighten up over industrialized areas.