Characteristics of street art Artists usually incorporate graffiti elements into their works, adding large bubble letters or smaller decorative scripts. Scale and time are often important factors in the creation of street art, since many of these works are created illegally. Although territorial and rebellious in nature, street art tends to convey a social or political message that provokes discussions and reactions. Street art is often related to activism that raises awareness of pressing social and environmental issues.
While street art is often commissioned, the manufacture of graffiti is often sanctioned and cities often treat the act of spraying graffiti as an act of vandalism. Often fun and thought-provoking, street art encompasses an extremely wide range of interesting topics and techniques that go beyond traditional graffiti and spray painting. Unauthorized street art interventions usually aim to surprise spectators by presenting a visually realistic and, at the same time, incredible situation. Although some street artists create installations or sculptures, they are best known for their use of unconventional artistic media, such as spray paint, stencils, wheat pasta posters and stickers.
Reverse graffiti poses a unique problem for law enforcement officers, who are generally conditioned to understand street art as a form of vandalism. Thread bombardment, the act of bringing colored knitted or crochet threads or fibers to the streets, is one of the fairly new phenomena in the world of street art. Street art seeks to surprise spectators by integrating its elements into fairly crowded public places. Reflections on political and social issues usually occupy a central place in street art, ranging from sprayed labels, through stickers and woven fibers that wrap around telephone poles to monumental painted murals that cover entire buildings.
Specialized computer programs allow artists (such as MOMO, born in San Francisco) to better plan their graffiti works and prepare their templates and posters of wheat pasta, while digital photography used together with the Internet and social networks allows them to document, share and immortalize works of street art, where before most of the pieces tended to disappear when municipal authorities removed them or painted them by other artists. This phenomenon also presents difficulties for art historians, since the large number of street artists, as well as their tendency to remain anonymous, make it difficult to interact with individual artists in a profound way. In recent decades, this practice has spread all over the world, often maintaining elements of the American wild style, such as intertwined letter forms and bold colors, but also taking on a local touch, such as street art from Japan inspired by manga. We take a look at some of the most famous street artists of the past and the most influential street artists of today.
The work is a good example of how some renegade street artists were able to move from their unauthorized urban canvases to become a credible art forum.