Urban art combines street art and graffiti and is often used to summarize all visual art forms arising in urban areas, being inspired by urban architecture or present urban lifestyle.
Famous style of urban art, Graffiti is writing or drawings made on a wall or other surface, usually without permission and within public view. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.
There are two buildings with gravity painted on them called Five Pointz in Long Island City. It has become a popular tourist destination because of its graffiti. The building was initially built in 1982 for the Neptune Meter, a factory that makes water meters. Still, in the early 1990s, Jerry Welkopi began renting it out to artists as a studio. Painters painted and sprayed here, and the street became a place full of beautiful murals.
In 2002, graffiti artist Jonathan Cohen began citing the Five Pointz, which means Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island, the five counties of New York City. The building has emerged as a mecca for graffiti artists. The murals accumulated over the past 20 years have become works of art one by one and have represented as a symbol. However, as in all things, in 2013, the building company began to demolish the old building to construct a new condo apartment. The artists complained that the painting was removed without permission. This protest later escalated into a lawsuit. Ultimately, in 2017, a federal judge ordered the 21 artists who painted the building to to be paid $6.75 million each.
A Korean blogger named Jenny Han is blogging in her blog, " City and Architecture" by taking pictures of the scene of the Five Pointz. I love her artistic photos. Here are a few of the images. Click here to go directly to the blogger.
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My child also draws with natural instinct on the floor like this.
When I was in Germany, I also remember the Art Festival where people were free to paint murals in front of Karlsruhe Palace.
I also collected murals I had personally seen on my travels.
I was walking down a street, and I saw a graffiti artist on the street.
It was going to rain soon, and he did his best to finish the painting.
A picture that will soon disappear. Why did he draw so hard?
The desire to capture the beauty that will soon disappear and keep it forever, I think that is art.
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