A Floating Street Art Gallery

This is a brief summary of recent articles about street art that I found interesting. I want to demonstrate that street art has the power to bring communities together, stimulate urban regeneration and raise awareness about human rights and political issues.

Urban Regeneration

Duke of Lancaster Graffiti

The Duke of Lancaster has been docked in Flintshire, north Wales since 1979. Now local art collective DuDug want to transform it into a floating gallery. Click here for more images or check out DuDug’s website for more details.

Wynwood

In 2009, Urban Visionary Tony Goldman decided to create the Wynwood Walls, Miami. What began with a series of parking lots, loading docks, and drab rundown factory buildings, became a collection of high caliber murals featuring an array of internationally acclaimed and locally respected Street Artists, Graffiti Writers and Muralists such as Futura and Shepard Fairey among others. Two years later the collection features over thirty artists has expanded to become one of the largest concentrations of commissioned murals in the world.

Community Projects

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This spectacular mural in Manchester, UK was painted by Faunagraphic. The mural is part of an international project promoted by Converse called Wall2Wall. The project gives street artists a blank city canvas to celebrate creative expression in some of Europe’s most vibrant cities such as Antwerp, Ghent, Lyon and Barcelona.

In Bristol, UK, local art collective Weapon of Choice have launched an innovative campaign to build a community street art café and creative business space in the heart of the city by sharing the cost online. The building will provide a space for local artists and international graffiti stars to exhibit their work, breathing new life into the declining Old Market quarter of Bristol.

The first of these events will be the biggest Bristol graffiti jam, featuring local writers and special guests from across the UK, since Banksy’s famous ‘Walls On Fire’ event in 1998. The team has pledged to house several youth and creative workshops incorporating not just graffiti but also music production, publishing and business practice.

For more information please check out this article from This is Bristol or help fund the project on Spacehive.

Political Street Art

” I am a human being who wants to portray an idea with a distinctive method, no more, no less.”

Egypt’s January 25 revolution helped bring out the best in raw and potent urban arts, most of all in the graffiti scene in Cairo. This short video gives a brief glimpse into the always evolving street art scene that has gone from strength to strength and become a valuable component in the creative resistance to Egyptian authorities and establishment.

Finally Street Artist, Dan Witz, has teamed up with Amnesty International to launch a campaign called Wailing Walls. The aim is to create disturbing street art to fight political imprisonment and encourage passersby to immediately take action.

To keep up to date with inspiring, political and community street art projects follow The Global Art Experiment on Facebook.

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Capitalizing on the Global Evolution of Hope

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1. You can’t destroy the existing model of capitalism so we must develop a new model that makes the previous one obsolete.

“But to tear down a factory or to revolt against a government or to avoid repair of a motorcycle because it is a system is to attack effects rather than causes; and as long as the attack is upon effects only, no change is possible. The true system, the real system, is our present construction of systematic thought itself, rationality itself, and if a factory is torn down but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory. If a revolution destroys a government, but the systematic patterns of thought that produced that government are left intact, then those patterns will repeat themselves in succeeding government.” -Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig

2. Beyond all else we must promote equal healthcare and education for all.

3. Help promote entrepreneurship and the arts in your local area and globally.

4. Try to find new ways to develop your skills, projects and interests everyday. Eventually these will help you develop a sustainable business.

5. Be enthusiastic about what you believe in and encourage others to get involved.

7. “If your work has a positive impact on five or ten people, you have invented a seed. Now you can plant it a million times. If you can not develop a seed, you can pick up an existing seed and plant it in a new location.” -Muhammad Yunus, Building Social Business

7. Whenever it is possible choose small scale retailers, projects, artists and charities over large co-operations. Don’t substitute convenience and price for character and quality.

8. “I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery.” -Bruce Lee

9. “Possession isn’t nine tenths of the law. It’s nine tenth of the problem.” -John Lennon Know when to give and when to receive. There is a time to wait, grow, develop or nurture.

10. “Evolution is not about design or will; it is the outcome of constant endeavors made by organisms that want to survive and better themselves. The collective result is intoxicatingly beautiful, rife with oddities, and surpassingly brilliant, yet no agent is in control. Evolution arises from the bottom up – so too does hope.” -Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest