Header Attribution

The header photo is a wall in the Depot Art District in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Street Art #21

What exactly constitutes "street art"?

I'd say, basically anything that can be interpreted as "art"
that is displayed in a publicly accessible way.

I'd venture to guess that the most common form
of what is generally accepted as "street art"
is some kind of image or abstraction
painted on sidewalks, walls of buildings,
sides of bridges and overpasses, etc.
A lot of what is still often called "grafitti"
is now being called "street art"
(for good reason, IMHO).

Can something as simple as
a stocking cap on a fire hydrant
be considered "street art"?

Chances are this is a pretty random event.

The "artist" in this case 
probably had no direct intention
of creating a work of art.

I'm thinking,
if someone looks at any arrangement
of objects
and is captured
for whatever reason
by lines, colors, shapes, shadows,
quirkiness, incongruousness,
or whatever;
whether natural, accidental, or intentional,
that is art.

If it is in or near "the street" -
"street art."

I'll save my discussion of whether
this might also be rightly considered
"assemblage art"
for another time.

Taken 18 September 2009.

1 comment:

  1. That hat is keeping the hydrant's head warm in this cold weather. The "Art" is in your photo.