The act of engraving or painting for public display has been a craft as old as the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. This skill evolved over the years and adapted to different times and necessities.
What we see today on the streets and dismiss as vandalism is an incredibly old form of expression that society as a collective has come to know now as ‘street art.’ Street art offers many forms and shapes to express oneself, make a statement, or to simply leave a mark on this overpopulated world we live in.
It is clear that there are more acceptable displays of street art, and the not so acceptable ones are undervalued as ‘vandalism.’ Unlike more traditional forms of art, street art is not made to last, but thanks to the rise of the Internet it can be immortalized and shared all over the world.
Whether we like it or not, street art is a part of any large urban setting, shaping it and giving it color. It truly is a breather from the life we are forced to carry in un-matching urban architecture, and marginalised institutions; it is a cry for expression that must undoubtedly be if not appreciated, at least noticed.