Bonon spider, Brussels

Can Street Art improve a city?

Street art

Bonon spider, Brussels
Last week I visited the Ixelles Museum here in Brussels before their exhibition on Street Art closed and is replaced by a Dubuffet exhibition. Bonom was featured heavily, with insights into how he plans his pieces. The photo above shows a spider on a concrete building by Chapelle in Brussels. I think it adds an organic touch to an otherwise clinically cold concrete building.

The area around Chapelle Station is covered in Street Art and graffiti. I’m not sure that all of it has a positive effect. I can’t see much artistic expression in some of the tags in this next photo.
Street Art and graffiti, Chapelle, Brussels
The monster series of officially sanctioned Street Art appears to me to have been semi defaced by other taggers wanting to make their presence felt.
On my cycle trips around Brussels looking for pieces I often end up speaking to locals who have been at the receiving end of these artists / taggers. One I spoke to felt nothing but contempt for the artist who placed a monster on the side of his house. I could see his point as well.
Do you have any views on the subject?

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3 thoughts on “Can Street Art improve a city?”

  1. I agree that street art can make an otherwise boring place into something interesting. Plus, it gives motorists a different view to look at when they pass by.
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  2. Senorita and Shiela,
    Some developments over used concrete or are in a state of dereliction that lends itself to some artistic improvement. I don’t find much artistic value in name tags though.
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