I love streetart. In fact, the first website I’d ever had was a super basic static one I built from scratch using dreamweaver (with a lot of help from my web designer friend), where I uploaded pictures of streetart I found. This would have been when I was doing my undergrad or just after, maybe about 2004? I cannot for the life of me remember where it was hosted, I definitely didn’t pay for it, but I never shut it down, so it may still out there somewhere. I’ve no idea how I would find it though if it does still exist!
Anyway, this was back in the day when streetart was a big thing, even in Edinburgh which was never a centre for these things, there was lots about. Now though, there’s nothing. These pictures are from Paris and even there things seem to have slowed down a bit. There was still quite a lot of stuff, and they have these corners, particularly in the Marais, which are completely covered, and where presumably it’s legal to put up stuff – some of them are so intricate there is no way that was done covertly. But even so, from the condition some of the things were in, I think they’ve been around for ages. I fact, I recognised some of them from last time we visited 5 years ago. The person that does these ravers with the glitter was new to me though, sadly i wasn’t able to work out their name.
I was quite interested to read this article the other day about how Clacton Council is saying graffiti’s to be welcomed if it’s by banksy, and a crime if it’s by anyone else. I think the fact that lots of the original big street artists are now selling in galleries probably has something to do with streetart being kind of over as a movement. I would be delighted if it made a comeback though!