Urban graffiti is an 'art work' which is often ignored as a visual distraction. However, from seen in the photographs below, it is art. The urban flâneur wandering the streets would also view these public displays of art with amusement and contemplation. One can see in these selected works, political statements, particularly the one by Banksy, color schemes reflecting the culture of the area (e.g. example from Cuba) and abstract art (as seen above.) May we always have these artist that present ideas that should be in the public sphere.
If any readers of this blog has seen excellent examples of urban graffiti where they reside, please e-mail them to me and I will post them. Some explanation about the work, including city, location within the city etc. would be appreciated. Please do not send images more than 1 Mb.
(From Utrecht, The Netherlands.: http://www.neamgraffiti.com/urban-graffiti-mural-art-graffiti-utrecht-collection/ )
(Location unknown: http://optoons.blogspot.com/2010/12/contemporary-urban-graffiti.html )
(From Bethlehem, Palestine, by Banksy: http://newsflavor.com/world/middle-east/banksy-in-bethlehem-art-and-the-barrier-between-two-nations/ )