In years past, teenagers snuck out at night with paint brushes and spray cans to create what was generally mediocre, if colorful, graffiti under bridges, on vacant buildings and sometimes the sides of churches and schools.
Without question the world of graffiti has changed. The murals I see on my drives through urban Kansas City are often exquisite works of art that appear to have been the work of artists hired by business owners to create colorful displays on the exteriors of their buildings. Even the texture of the bricks beneath the designs adds to the visual impact. It is, in effect, graffiti “grown up”.
When I happen upon a particularly colorful design, I find I alter my route to and from work just to see the art over and over again. I regret only that I am unable to identify the artist so I could praise them by name on this post.
At least I can honor these urban artists by sharing their creative designs with our friends. In Kansas City, at least, art finds its form in these creative, incredibly colorful, urban designs. Aren’t we lucky!