Street art, does it matter?

Some city councils get it, others don’t. Tapping the creative talents of street artists, illustrators and graphic designers is an effective way to make bland public spaces, old buildings, bridges and car parks new again, and to freshen up the concrete jungle.

Street art draws attention to the building or structure as “potential” not as something to be hated. Maybe it will even bring a buyer, a new occupant or additional creative ideas about how to revitalise the building. Anything but the current dilapidated state of abandoned spaces.

Street artists and muralists bring with them vibrant and a new perspective that architects or designers may not have. This does not mean that millions need to be spent to upgrade the buildings immediately; all it is needed is vision, courage, local creative talent and some colourful paint like these examples.

To give an example of Street art artists, 6emeia is a project of two Brazilian artists Leonardo Delafuente y Anderson Augusto, who decided to turn sewers into a personal and funny touch. The 6emeia project makes great use of the texture and its surroundings to create some fun and compelling street art. This is a technique that should be use in designing for outdoor mediums.







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