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Graffiti art: a solution to urban decay?

Graffiti is a social expression both as one would associate it and as personal. Many people who oppose graffiti see it as a reflection of social breakdown, rebellious attitude and lack of a sense of citizenship.

Should graffiti writers be allowed to do whatever they want? I am a fervent believer that “controlled graffiti” has more benefits than negative impacts on society. It is true that vandalism is not welcome in society. However, there are many graffiti writers who treat graffiti art as a form of community beautification. For community beautification, I consider graffiti art in urban ‘dead spaces’. They help bring the abandoned urban blight to life and educate the public on social issues.

The art of graffiti contrasts with other forms of public art. An art form that doesn’t require gallery hierarchy, merchandising, or commercial hustle and bustle. There is a feeling that public advertising is the real cause of urban blight. Too much commercialism has diminished public interest in political and social concerns.

Graffiti art is a vehicle for people to connect. It is the perfect platform for city dwellers to know what is happening in a city. By looking at the writing on the wall, you can tell what are the social and political problems that are happening in the country.

Graffiti art is the ultimate expression of artistic democracy. It is a true reflection of the culture it comes from. Graffiti artists send a strong message to the public: we should care more about social issues amid the influx of negative commercialism.

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