Blog post 9
This week, we dove more into the world of the positive effects of graffiti. Most of the information we found was retrieved from fastcodedesign.com
This quote from the website we found particularly powerful: “A huge amount of social science throws [graffiti] into a camp of being a sign of crime and disorder,” Douglas, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago, says. “The truth is, at this point, some graffiti and street art are arguably contributing to gentrification and contributing to increases in the appeal of certain neighborhoods.” A section of this article tackled the cosmetic advantages of Street art. It talked about how the artwork can make a building (or a whole neighborhood) look better when it’s generally shabby or trashy looking. The artwork can cover up unsightly or abandoned buildings, when done appropriately and moderation. This poses a potential problem though; when people don’t approve of usage of their building.
“Late last year, 5Pointz a graffiti hotspot in Queens, New York, was whitewashed, erasing years of graffiti by artists from all over the world. Since the ‘90s, street artists have been allowed to spray paint the walls of the warehouse in Long Island City, and the work that appears has long been curated by the graffiti artist Meres, whose goal was to turn the industrial space into a graffiti museum. More recently, the building’s owner, Jerry Wolkoff, forged ahead with plans to tear the warehouse down and turn the property into high-rise apartment buildings, starting by painting over the existing graffiti.” Situations like this are tricky. Unfortunately, not much can be done without cooperation of the building owner. If more people were educated about this delicate art form, there would be a lot more of it around. Most people can not find the value in this art, which is damaging to the community because it is so easily dismissed as vandalism. One of our goals as a group is to break down this stigma by creating a bill to protect those who create genuine art without malicious intent.