Graffiti: art or vandalism?

There is graffiti in almost every city in the world. Read this article to learn more about Britain's most famous graffiti artist.


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Where do you expect to see graffiti? Probably not in a museum. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, in the south-west of England, was the kind of place you went to see classical statues and stuffed animals in cases until the arrival of the ‘Banksy versus the Bristol Museum’ exhibition in the summer of 2009. The exhibition hosted more than 100 works by Banksy, one of the world’s most famous graffiti artists.

Banksy is a man of mystery. He hardly ever gives interviews and likes to be anonymous. Nobody knows much about his life or his background but many people believe that his real name is either Robin Gunningham, Robert Banks or Robin Banks and that he was born in 1973 near Bristol.

Banksy’s controversial ‘street art’ includes spray paintings on live sheep and cows and graffiti on the huge wall erected to divide Israel and Palestine. Brad Pitt spent over $2 million on a Banksy original. Banksy designed an album cover for the Britpop group Blur in 2003 but he has refused at least four requests to do adverts for Nike. A year after the Bristol exhibition, Banksy made a film called Exit Through the Gift Shop. The film tells the story of a French street artist in America. Exit Through the Gift Shop received many positive reviews. Nobody knows if it was about a real artist or an invented character from Banksy’s imagination.

Bristol isn’t the only place in Britain to welcome graffiti. The DPM Park in Dundee, Scotland has the longest legal graffiti wall (almost 110m long) in the UK. Anyone can paint on the council-owned wall any time they like. Mike Crilley, the graffiti wall project organiser, promotes the positive side of graffiti and runs workshops for local children.

Is everyone doing graffiti? Can we do graffiti where we want these days? Not exactly. It’s illegal to paint on somebody else’s property so make sure you find a legal graffiti wall like the one in Dundee if you want to have a go.


Is there a lot of graffiti in your town or city? Are there any famous street artists like Banksy where you live?

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Submitted by hugosambal on Tue, 04/12/2022 - 13:11

Graffiti is really not illegal in Singapore. There are many artists who have painted their street art on walls, and buildings. It is a heritage building or streets.

Submitted by MathDalby_jooj on Mon, 07/15/2019 - 11:59

Graffiti its form of ths way many peolpe can expres they feelings

Submitted by Darksoul on Mon, 04/01/2019 - 11:56

Yes there are a lot of graffiti in my city , but most of them made by bullies and do not contain any sense but sometimes I can found beatifull graffitis.Also we dont have such genious artists like Banksy.

Submitted by Echpochmak on Mon, 04/01/2019 - 07:44

I think graffiti is a trend in art, if it doesn't offend someone's views and morals. To the fact graffiti can be executed beautifully and accurately, for example to hide disadvantages of buildings.
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Submitted by Youjiro on Tue, 03/05/2019 - 03:10

I see graffiti under a bridge and on a building in my town .but graffiti is almost illegal ,it made by people has hate for society and they are almost under twenty .I don't like street art such as graffiti .Vandalism is not art ,It express hate in mind .some city try clean graffiti on street but after elaze graffiti some street artist write again. In my city vandalism is illegal ,people should pay violation money for police .10 years ago vandalism is very common city council considered it is against us.since then graffiti on street getting loss.nowadays I don't see graffiti in central city .It is only out side city.
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