I love it. Because it’s all about seeing something ordinary and making it extraordinary. It’s about applying abstract thought to the mundane.
Some people might argue that it’s graffiti, and they have a point to a certain extent. Where I think it differs is that street art usually contains an idea and opens up a dialogue with the observer. (The Smile in the Mind.) It doesn’t rely solely on an elaborately rendered moniker. The best stuff tends to interact with the environment in which it is placed rather than the environment being merely a canvas.
Of course, location has a lot to do with it. You usually find them in urban areas or metropolises making a social or political comment. I don’t think I’d be best pleased to find some of these in an idyllic setting. But then, if they were, they probably wouldn’t be making a statement.
So, for brightening up grey days and bringing a smile to my face, I am grateful.
Here are a few gems…