Writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed
illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place.
Stickers and other adhesives can also be considered
graffiti. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to
elaborate wall paintings.
Vandalism is the behavior attributed originally to the Vandals, by
the Romans, in respect of culture: ruthless destruction or spoiling of
anything beautiful or venerable. The term also includes criminal
damage such as graffiti and defacement directed towards any
property without permission of the owner.
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by J N Sylvestre 1890
Street art is art, specifically visual art, developed in public spaces — that is,
"in the streets" — though the term usually refers to illegal placed art, as
opposed to government sponsored art. The term can include traditional
graffiti artwork, sculpture, stencil graffiti, Lock On´s , sticker art, wheatpasting
and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, guerrilla art, and
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Ghost bikes by
The NYC street Memorial Project
By Mark Jenkins
What is wheat paste?
Water, flour and sugar (and copper sulphate to make it insect resistant)
Keeps for about a week
“At first I was so
wound up about
being a woman in a
man's field that I
didn't want to talk
about it at all. I was
making art out on
the street, and no
one knew I was a
woman for at least a
year, maybe three. “
Swoon is a NYC based artist who has caught the eye of the world
with her beautiful wheatpaste prints and cutout paper depictions of
everyday street scenes. Her life-size pieces, often of her friends,
family and neighbors, interact with their urban environment so well
it often seems the city streets would not be complete without them.
Swoon (1977- )
“When I first began to do street work, part of my impulse
had to do with those things that are meant to disappear
and the ability to just let things go. I use recycled newsprint
that I order in 90-pound rolls. It’s extremely thin and is one
of my favorite papers to use because of the way it decays.
It yellows. It cracks. It has this whole life cycle that I really