Beautiful Artwork Of The Cities: Stunning Graffiti That Makes A City Beautiful
Graffiti is generally considered a sign of criminal disorder — the seemingly meaningless words and symbols perceived to have been designed by some spray paint obsessed youths. But in reality, graffiti has, in many cities, evolved to be admired by both tourists and locals alike. Street art has earned a place of respect in some of the world’s most famous metropolitan areas such as Melbourne, Australia, Berlin, Germany, and New York City, USA. The ‘cool’ urban artwork of the following cities not only boosts tourism and provides economic incentives, but ultimately makes each city in which it is found that much more beautiful.
New York City, United States
Famous for 5 Pointz, arguably the world’s first graffiti mecca, the warehouse and American mural space that featured, until it was demolished in 2014, almost entire graffiti coverage on its exterior walls. Queens, Brooklyn and Williamsburg and Bushwick are hotspots within the city, featuring artwork from international graffiti artists. As one of the first popular street art destinations, anyone who is anyone in graffiti has left their mark here.
Cape Town, South Africa
The recent evolution of South African graffiti from being publicly abhorred to accepted is most noticeable in the coastal city of Cape Town. While South African graffiti originates in the 1980’s and was involved in the political resistance surrounding apartheid, it now has roles in tourism, advertising and social media. In many ways, South African graffiti has benefited the country — especially by contributing to the regeneration of abandoned areas by attracting building developers.
Gaza and West Bank, Palestine
The globally-famous artist, Banksy has brought attention to the occupied territories through his distinguishable street art. Following Israeli control, Banksy left his mark and his images — such as a kitten with a ball — are accompanied by the artwork of famous locals. The graffiti is reflective of much of the political and social injustices plaguing the area and ultimately provides stunningly powerful images of resistance and hope.
Street art has long since been a feature of many Parisian streets and is something that many tourists seek to explore while visiting the city. Even with some of the world’s strictest vandalism laws, many anonymous artists have been beautifying bare walls here since the early 1960’s. Similar to the artwork of Banksy, stencilling has been a common technique used by Parisian artists, and contemporary murals have more emerged with more intricate and complex designs — some even protected by restored by the city government.
The city has been referred to by many as a mecca of the urban art world and the illegal activity has even contributed to the city’s title of a UNESCO City of Design. What largely began in the 1980’s with the entirely graffiti covered Berlin Wall, has now inoculated the entire city with the street art of many Eastern European artists. One of the most famous metropolitan instalments of artwork is ‘Linda’s ex’, the lonely boy’s face featured throughout the city — all eliciting his search to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend.
Considered to be one of the world’s great street art capitals, the city streets are bursting with color and energy and have become quite an attraction for overseas visitors. Unlike many others throughout the world, the city actually offers permits for street art which has contributed to the daily evolution of the amazing art that adorns the walls, laneways and buildings.
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexican graffiti has recently become more controversial as it has been noticed that the popular art form is now covering some historical sites, even those that are upwards of 300 years old. That fact aside, Mexico City has recently been a location where countless of international street artists have flocked to. Mexican urban art is highlighted by many unique and breathtaking murals that cover huge swaths of walls. Similar to the street art found in Palestine, the Mexican graffiti is heavily driven by social responsibility — the masterpieces are not just aesthetically pleasing but also serve as an effective act of social and political revolution.
Despite the perception that graffiti is nothing but a public nuisance and a sign of disorder worthy of criminal charges, the cultural value of graffiti artwork can actually provide many benefits and can do much to enhance the appeal of specific neighborhoods. With a relaxing of laws, tourist interest in street art, and a presence of internationally famous graffiti artists, the world is seeing an increase in the masterpieces adorning laneways and the walls of buildings. It is the stunning, unique, and talent-driven pieces of graffiti artwork that truly contribute to a city’s beauty.
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