3D Graffiti

Weburbanist has aggregated 3D chalk graffiti from around the world. Find their list of “10 of the World’s Best & Most Amazing 3D Street Artists” here.

These artists have used incredible imagination in order to disrupt public spaces.


Art Therapy

Art Therapy for Prison Populations

  • Catharts and sublimates aggression and violence (see previous post here)
  • Promotes non-verbal communication, even while the inmate does not want to talk about his feelings and ideas which might leave him vulnerable. The environment is dangerous, and any unintended disclosure can be threatening.
  • Can bypass defenses, including dishonesty.
  • Provides necessary diversion and emotional escape.
  • Permits the inmate to express himself in a manner acceptable to both the prison and outside culture.
  • Reestablishes an identity above that of the inmate
  • Works despite organicity, a low educational level, illiteracy, and other obstacles to verbal communication and cognitive development (Gussak & Cohen-Liebman, 2001;Gussak & Virshup, 1997).

(Source: Psychology Today)

Art Therapy for Juvenile Offenders

This results of art therapy in the case of the Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center in Virgina demonstrated a correlation b/w art therapy and (in order from most important to least

  • Stress relief and relaxation
  • Reduction of boredom
  • Pride
  • Pos Recognition
  • Working through frustration
  • fun
  • Concentration improvement
  • Improvement in the way they were treated

“Need themes” that were depicted through their art were (in order from most frequent to least)

  • identity issues
  • security and tranquility
  • freedom,adventure,fun
  • erotic and sexual needs
  • expression of depression
  • childhood trauma
  • other psychological problems
  • religious needs

If we can conclude that graffiti can be a form of art therapy for prisoner populations → graffiti can be therapeutic and conducive for the prisoner’s space and psyche

Source: Persons, Ray W.


Why Spaces:

“Every graffiti artist makes decisions about where their work will live for different reasons. Some choose safety, some fame, others choose randomly. We believe that when art and space collide, the random becomes expressive and experience is created. This project is not solely about graffiti, but rather aims to explore the places in which it exists.”


Types of Spaces:

Blank, smooth surfaces are the most frequently targeted by graffitists. The smoother and lighter in color, the better as the graffitists will be able to use a greater variety of colors. Surfaces that are highly visible are also preferred. Graffitists, like artists, want to show off their work.


Why out in Public?:

Public spaces such as parks, are especially prone to graffiti because in addition to having ideal surfaces, there is no apparent victim. Park authorities are thought of as an unidentifiable entity and the cost of removal thought to be shouldered by the system, rather than one person.

source : http://www.pps.org/reference/graffitiprimer/

Graffiti Fine Arts Festival

Graffiti Fine Arts

San Paulo is also home to the graffiti biennial which highlights graffiti in a museum setting as products of fine art. The event draws in about 50 or more reputed artist from 13 countries – and growing – in order to share their art in a space that recognizes it as a form of art. The event promotes conversation as well as conversations about graffiti outside the vandalism and law-breaking models, and puts the different nations together to share their art and build a community that goes beyond ones hood or nationality. There is a point to be made about decontextualizing graffiti by celebrating it and taking the street out of it, but these are moot to the awareness the event brings and the tide changing nature of looking at graffiti in a new light.



Reverse Graffiti – Doing a Public Service and Reclaiming Space

A local graffiti artist in San Paulo is pioneering a technique that’s being referred to as “reverse-graffiti” in order to raise awareness to a pollution problem as well as prod the city to do something about it. By leaving skull tags through the cleaning of dirty or stained surfaces he is making a social statement about the level of filth in public spaces as well as encouraging cleaning through the cities removal effort – effectively cleaning the surface of all grime and denying him a canvas. Since he isn’t effacing property it’s impossible to pin him down for vandalism and his actions are making the city clean spaces they otherwise would have left filthy – think reverse psychology. He’s also embodying the ideals of hip hop and graffiti’s roots through reclaiming space that’s been dismissed and showing that it means something; so much that he gets the city to clean the space and make it as beautiful as it should be.


How Graffiti Positively Impacts Its Audience (The Community)

Although graffiti is often associated with several negative stereotypes, it is capable of conveying positive and uplifting messages to a large audience. Seeing hopeful words on a bad day can be more beneficial to an individual than one might think.  It is also easier to see graffiti as more than just pointless ‘vandalism’ when considering these examples.

Source: http://burninghorse.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/tumblr_lc900rpx4q1qeusaro1_500.jpg
Source: http://burninghorse.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/tumblr_lc900rpx4q1qeusaro1_500.jpg

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