During the trip to Munich it was hard to miss the quality of street art in and around the city, some of which has been photographed and will be added to a Flickr album in the very near future. Unfortunately a lot of this was seen all too fleetingly, through the window of the train connecting Munich airport (nowhere near Munich) to the city itself, where it adorned bridge piers and otherwise blank expanses of cast concrete and similar where functionality triumphed over aesthetic. That said, it was still more than enough to pique interest and begin the gestation of this blog post.
Graffiti has always been of interest and seeing such work once again lit the fires and so an attempt to record as much of it as possible from this point on. Whilst many people view it as mindless vandalism – and it is true to say that, sadly, there are many instances when such an opinion is validated – there are also, clearly, senses of dedication and commitment, not to mention no small degree of artistry and it is these which will form the focal points of future updates.
It is reasonable to observe that the reference towards artistry from the paragraph above is reinforced through Click3D’s ongoing collaboration with Jenxfive – no new updates on that project at the moment owing to workloads, alas – so this new exploratory thread, in some ways tangential, in others certainly relative, might hopefully infer influences into future architectural visualisation output.
Returning to the main themes described it is in some ways hard to describe beyond the very basic terms used above quite why street art offers such a visceral interest – whilst the artistic endeavour is a huge part of it, deeper yet equally important aspects are present – so this is the point where this blog post opens out, hopefully, into a more conversational piece and invites outside input. At the same time, the opinions expressed, both formative and more distinct will continue to evolve through more exposure to the subject matter.
At this point, themes such as ownership, identity and layering are present and distinctly influential. Ownership in the clear sense of one’s tag or larger piece being a personal identifier and also in the broader context of territory, that being a demarcation of one’s extent within the day-to-day public realm. Identity transcends this by it giving the artist a voice or presence that extends beyond their own group or clique and into the far broader public realm whilst layering is clearly present simply by observing how tags overlap, compete and complement one another and in this sense can arguably draw parallels with urban regeneration. All of these, and no doubt more, will be explored more fully in time to come but hopefully offer a taste of the theory if not ideology behind the interest.
So, over the coming weeks and months, Click3D will create, expand and embellish on this theme with as many updates as time and content allows. It may be that there is a large amount to add and other times maybe just one or two but, hopefully, the collection will grow and act as a visual diary of sorts, to be used however the viewer wishes.