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Magnusson, Anna, 2010. Gatukonstens betydelse för den offentliga miljön!. First cycle, G2E. Alnarp: SLU, Landscape Architecture (until 121231)



Street art can be defined as an artistic expression, often
anonymous and illegal, which is constructed in the public environment. The purpose of this essay is to provide a broad and balanced picture of what street art can mean. The aim is to examine street art as a phenomenon. What features has the phenomenon and in what ways is it important for the creators, spectators and place? This paper focuses on graffiti. The questions within this essay are answered through a literature review and in-depth interviews with different people involved.
Graffiti is inspired by the tradition to write ones name in key locations. Other forms of street art, and the late emergence of the concept, arose as a means to challenge the structures of power. To manifest the right to the city.
Street art can be associated with unsafe and rundown areas, while in other places, it can fascinate and create admiration. Street art can thus affect how we experience a place. Street art can also serve as a means to commemorate and pay tribute to people. Furthermore, street art often works as a political tool and can therefore be seen as a barometer of how our society works. The fact that people wants to take their place in the public sphere is an important aspect that city planners should consider. The public space must serve as an arena where conflicts can be shown. Legal “graffiti walls” should be constructed based on the fact that people should be able to express themselves with legal means. It should not be erected, as currently, as a means to reduce unwanted street art in other places. Much of the power of street art is that it is illegal, and hence will occur elsewhere, even if there are legal walls. Further on, one should consider the value of the things that are removed. Street Art are exciting cultural expressions that tells us something about our time. Street art can therefore have a cultural and historical value that should be taken into account.

Main title:Gatukonstens betydelse för den offentliga miljön!
Authors:Magnusson, Anna
Supervisor:Larsson, Marie
Examiner:Lieberg, Mats
Series:Självständigt arbete vid LTJ-fakulteten, SLU
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2010
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:LY002 Landscape Architecture Programme, Alnarp 300 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Landscape Architecture (until 121231)
Keywords:graffiti, street art, offentlig plats, olaglig konst
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Landscape architecture
Deposited On:07 Jun 2010 07:30
Metadata Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 14:13

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