I live in a major city where graffiti as art has started to take hold. There is a group that comissions wall space on old or abandoned buildings and creates these huge fantastic pieces, usually spray paint based, that seem to bring a lot of joy, curiosity, respect, love, etc. from onlookers. Contrast that with the non contractual work that springs up all over the city which is just as creative and fantastical, but as a result employs many a city worker who continously remove the spray paint, wall art, wheat paste creations, stickers, etc. Is the line between what is considered art and vandalism, simply money and permission based? If you pay and ask to put something on the wall, is that the line where it crosses from something that is considered vandalism to something that is considered art? Does a piece have to be this big fantastical thing instead of just say a name sprayed on the wall to be art?
Most Helpful Guy
By law to unlawfully using a space on a wall or building that you don't have permission too is vandalism. I agree we have had rogue artist create thing in my city too. Sometimes people (owners) like it and don't mind. Others obviously do not. Most graffiti is just gang tags however so the actual art you get is usually less than 10 percent.0
Most Helpful Girl
Graffiti is art, for sure. It can look awesome as well. However, if someone does not have permission to create their work somewhere, it's vandalism.0