What’s the difference between street art and graffiti? Is there a difference? Is the only difference the fact that the artist paid money to have a piece of paper saying it was different? The word graffiti has bad connotations that people can’t shake off but what if the only thing different between street art and graffiti is the mindset of the person viewing it? Some cities see the value of having street artists, illustrators, and graphic designers recreating bland public spaces and sprucing up old buildings, bridges, and car parks. This is a way to improve an area without spending big bucks on renovating a structure. The addition of vibrant, colorful murals completely transforms the face of a city and can uplift the spirit of a person.
What is Street Art? – PureGraffiti
Why Street Art Matters – The Cool Hunter
It’s also a way to keep other, non- desirable graffiti (gang tags, racial or ethnic slurs) from appearing. Whether it’s a 3D picture painted on the ground, one so real looking you feel like it is jumping out at you, or a colorful riot of paint across a wall, street art is an art form that many people are warming up to. Some people are making quite the name for themselves using this medium. Peter Gibson, known by his alias Roadsworth, has been creating street art in Montreal since the fall of 2001. In the fall of 2004 he was arrested and charged with 53 counts of mischief but he received a relatively lenient sentence which he attributes to public support. Today, he continues to spread his art around the streets of his hometown.