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Great wall of graffiti

A five-story industrial building in New York City is now a graffiti wall for artists.

art and culture Updated: Jul 09, 2010 01:21 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times

An initiative that started in New York in 1993 to discourage graffiti vandalism and encourage artists to display their work in a formal space has turned into a full-fledged project, but with a little twist.

‘5 Pointz’ is an outdoor art exhibit that has artists from all over the world presenting their work in an open space. Considered to be the world’s premiere ‘Graffiti Mecca’, it’s a five-story industrial building that offers artists an elaborate space to paint, draw and sculpt.

Graffiti veteran Jonathan Cohen, best known by his signature tag ‘Meres One’, is the founder of 5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center.

While the artists do their best to make a lasting impression on the walls of the building, it is the community of artists at the centre who decides how long each piece of art stays up.

Art enthusiasts have given the project a thumbs up. “Amazing place! The art fraternity all around the world should take inspiration from this,” comments F Andrew, an art blogger.

Back home, there’re few examples of contemporary graffiti art. “In India, graffiti art is more about voicing issues and concerns of the society. We don’t see a graffiti art in its true sense”, says artist Gopi Gajwani.

“Walls in India are never free of advertisements, election posters and marriage proposals”, says artist Alka Raghuvanshi. “But we do have traditional wall art in rural India that can be considered graffiti art to some extent.

First Published: Jul 08, 2010 18:06 IST