Culture, Design

When street art can be eco-friendly

It is becoming more and more visible. When you travel throughout the world most cities and suburbs have it. An open exhibition which can take place almost anywhere as long as there is a space: wall, bus shelter, train carriage, bridge, road sign…etc – and the list goes on.

Street art is a way for artists to express themselves and show their art to the world.

Some councils are totally opposed to it. Others are actually supporting such way of expression, depending where it is.

In London, Shoreditch and Brick Lane could almost be the street art heaven…if you like such type of creativity!

In Berlin, it is vibrant too.

Outside the Capital, Bristol is another focus point: the name of Banksy doesn’t need more explanations. An artist who has kept a low profile despite his works famous around the globe and very distinctive too.

Of course, using paint can be seen as not very environmental/eco-friendly. Some artists are also working on reverse graffiti (known as clean/dust tagging).

Some tags can be huge – check Mister Thoms! During an Italian street art event “Re_acto Fest” (@reactofest on social media) in L’Aquila – this artist produce a rather impressive chef-d’oeuvre titled FACE OFF.

Face Off by Mister Thoms

Face Off by Mister Thoms

But things can go even further: mural artworks don’t need to use paint or  high pressure water jets.

Belgium based artist Stefaan De Croock (known as Strook) made something outstanding by using recycled wood and a bit of paint to give it some contrast and colours. The one below is in Bruges.

Strook Wood and Paint street art

Strook Wood and Paint street art

It doesn’t need to be on a big scale as sometimes small work is even better. It all depends whether it is for an outside exhibition or even an advertising campaign.

Nowadays, everything has to be big – but we all know “less is more” – just look at the refine dishes served at Sketch in Mayfair.

For some artists it can be a struggle to find old materials for their creations. Once again some counties are doing more to recycle and collect the originally unwanted items. In the past, fly-tipping was happening too often. Things needed to be controlled drastically.

Anything along the Southwest of England is carefully regulated, mainly because of the beaches in Cornwall, & Devon. Coastal UK based in Devon deals with container and skip hire for home and business in order to avoid waste to be left in the beautiful countryside. By providing such services everything is collected and the “keep britain tidy” is fully respected. It is all about being eco-friendly and thinking about the nature. After all, everyone is concerned.

Not everyone is good at street art. It is not just about signing a random name on a wall or on the side of a bus. What is even more appreciated by Councils around the United Kingdom and certainly around the World is to use ethical products which work well with the environment such as natural paint (without chemicals) and re-usable structures (including old door, metal tube, cardboard…).

The artists in questions will be even more recognized/respected for their double efforts: artworks & environmental thoughts.

Banksy - Bristol - Street art

Banksy – Bristol – Street art


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