As with other forms of art, there are many types of street art. Street art can be mural art, video projections, street installations and even yarn bombing. “The graffiti and street art scene has developed rapidly over the last few years due to many reasons, including the general growth of active artists as well as more frequent visits by internationally acclaimed artists, who in turn inspire the local artists,” Waddacor explains, adding, “There is also a lot more presence on the internet, which has created a bigger following and more appreciation [for] the sub-culture. Urban art festivals, exhibitions and books like mine have also been released to promote and document the movement.”
With a growing community of street artists, street art is able to reach the public in a way that no other medium can. Waddacor says, “Street art can send all kinds of messages as it is a pure form of creative expression. It has no boundaries and is able to speak to a large range of people. Street art is very powerful as it is seen by many and can have different meanings for each viewer. It is non-elitist and can play a direct role in inspiring change and uplifting broken or abandoned communities and spaces.”
Rising fast, this art form and its artists are quickly becoming something recognisable and distinct. In South Africa, it allows young artists to showcase their work or message in a way that will definitely be noticed.
Photo by Shen Scott