You have probably seen graffiti and other paintings somewhere when you walk around your city. It’s the words, colors and shapes drawn or painted on buildings, trains, walls and fences and other surfaces. Also you have surely glanced at some of those nicknames (called ‘tags’) which are done without permission and it’s against the law. Is this art or vandalism?
Nowadays, there exists a real controversy about this problem. On one hand, some people consider graffiti to be an urban culture which in some case is comparable with the most artistic works that there are in our museums. On the other hand, many people think that it is another kind of vandalism and it is necessary to strengthen the law. For this reason, we need a solution to solve this problem that divides the population.
Strengthening the law will not solve the problem – on the contrary it will be considered by graffiti artists as a provocation. What we need is a awareness campaign to avoid indiscriminate painting on urban furniture and the introduction of alternative spaces where these artists can give free reign to their imagination.
“Giving respect to the rules of coexistence, allow your art to be respected” A simple slogan that can solve a conflict between art and vandalism.