Art Or Vandalism?

I used to consider “Street Art”, “Graffiti”, call it what you like, an over intellectualised form of vandalism that certain local authorities lacked either the funds or the will to clean up. Yesterday’s guided tour of Street Art in Shoreditch changed my view on that. Yes, there is a degree of mindless “tagging” out there but what abounds in Shoreditch – some of it by permission, some not – has much to recommend it. Some works are small, other huge. Some by well know artists in the field, others by new talent. Some works can be in place for years, others gone in 24 hours. It was a thoroughly fascinating afternoon, expertly guided by Joey from Insider London and radically changed my view on this form of expression.Image

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