A picture is worth a thousand of words
What does it mean for a community to have murals among its streets? It is not uncommon for many cities across the U.S. to have large murals cleverly and sometimes discreetly painted on the sides of their buildings. Often times they are done by industries as advertizing, yet there is another “breed” of mural done by street artistes often referred to as graffiti artists, whose craft is considered low-brow art.
Over the past decade graffiti art has moved up the ranks in the art world, no longer associated directly with gangs but rater as a form of visual expression. The artists have become recognized and even sponsored, creating an uprising of “art crimes.” In Richmond, Virginia it is not uncommon to see “Freak” or “Expert” tagged on the sides of buildings. More impressive is the G40 art summit where artists were chosen to make twenty large-scale murals throughout the cities, literally transforming the landscape to an inspiring experience.
A picture is worth a thousand words and this is no exception for the murals that are placed on the city’s streets. It sheds light on the people that live there often telling a story that cannot be told in words alone. It reaffirms the importance that art can have on a community giving its people something to identify with, similar to that of a mascot. As times change, these pieces will remain testament to the years before and the years to come.