Analytical Essay on Street Art in Ecuador
Ecuador is a country that is very accepting of street art in general. But there is one city that is in the lower part of Ecuador, that is especially welcoming of street art, and that is Cuenca. In fact, Cuenca is the one and only city in Ecuador that has a municipal ordinance that regulates street art.
In Cuenca, the street art techniques vary all over the city, from person to person, from wall to wall. From pictures with deep meaning about rainforests, to simple and angry political scrawls saying “What are we teaching our children?”street art is a way that many people in Cuenca express themselves, either in a peaceful and calm way or in a more aggressive way.
In Cuenca, making street art is, surprisingly, a much more lucrative and better job opportunity than selling your art to any collections, or to any collectors. The Cuencanos, people from Cuenca, are usually very kind to street artists. They will come and talk to street artists, admire the street artists work, take pictures, and even ask if the street artists can paint their very own homes. This has become a great job opportunity for many, many people. Being able to make street art to make money will help create a lot more jobs in the future for many Cuencanos that need one. Paul Desmond, an artist who is participating in a collective intervention to decorate the walls of Hermano Miguel La Salle School with murals, says “I have friends who studied art at university, and they’re much better off painting outdoors than selling their works to museums and galleries,”
In most of the other countries in the world, street art is painted under the cover of darkness, so as to not get caught by any officials or people that regulate street art. Many, and in fact most people, consider it vandalism. But in Cuenca and other areas in Ecuador, such as Valparaiso, Bogotá, Montevideo, and Buenos Aires, it is becoming increasingly acceptable as the years go by. The urban art movement in Ecuador is huge, and it will only continue to grow larger as time goes on.
Many of the artists that paint street art in Cuenca today are designers, art students, and even professors in universities. Almost all of the people that paint these artistic, beautiful, meaningful, and colorful murals are adults and professionals. And this is not, in fact, a coincidence. The third oldest university in Ecuador, the University of Cuenca, offers many art degrees, and it is, in fact, one of the very best places to study and learn in the entire country of Ecuador.
Now, Cuenca and Philadelphia, are two very, and I mean very, different places when it comes to graffiti laws. In Philadelphia, there are many laws that are against graffiti and murals if the art was not previously approved. It would be an improvement to the city if the people who regulate graffiti in Philadelphia should remove graffiti that is on things like street signs, street lights, and windows. But there are some graffiti artists that worked very hard on their work, and it feels more than slightly unfair to remove a beautiful piece of art that someone worked hard on, even though it isn’t hurting anyone, or causing anyone to be in danger. Especially because it can make some places look better that were previously very drab and boring.
Whereas, in stark contrast to Philadelphia, graffiti in Cuenca is looked kindly upon, and is a good job opportunity for many people, as stated before. In Cuenca, people will ask and pay for street artists to paint their own homes, and in Philadelphia people will call for someone to erase beautiful and colorful works of art just because it happened to interrupt the grayness of their buildings.
Making street art in Cuenca has changed many people’s lives for the better. Paul Desmond, who was previously mentioned, says “I started making tags when I was 17 years old. From that moment on, my life changed. If I hadn’t started to make graffiti, I don’t think I would have studied at university at all.” He is now a designer, and you can feel and hear his desire to share his art, and his passion for it when he speaks. “When you are painting on the walls, you feel that your art is not only for you, but for everyone to enjoy. Everyone, no matter the social class, can see it.” You can very clearly tell his great enthusiasm for all things art related.
Cuenca is an amazing place, and full of creativity and artistic talent. It’s way of interacting with street art should be more widely accepted all over the world, and its walls are an open art museum for everyone to enjoy. Cuenca is even a Unesco world cultural heritage site.
Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. Other terms for this type of art include ‘independent public art’, ‘post-graffiti’, and ‘neo-graffiti’, and is closely related with guerrilla art. Common forms and media include spray paint graffiti, stencil graffiti, wheatpasted poster art, sticker art, street installations, and sculpture. Video projection and yarn bombing have also gained some popularity near the turn of the 21st century. Background Street...
Abstract: Almost all people dream to leave their mark on earth after their death. Some of them leave Graffiti everywhere signed with their names as a special remark of them. Introduction: Street art and graffiti are two deeply linked words. The word graffiti is an Italian word that means to scratch on a surface. Today graffiti means to apply any unintentionally art on any surface or wall using different tools such as spray paints, pencils or stickers. There are some...
In the Philippines, people are known to be artistic and creative in different aspects of life. Even at the earliest time, these characteristics were reflected in the different remnants of the existence of humankind. Angono Petroglyphs was known as one of the earliest artworks in the Philippines dating to at least 3000 B.C. This petroglyph depicts 127 carved stick drawings of human figures and animals on the walls of a cave in Binangonan, Rizal. This discovery by Carlos V. Francisco...
The practice of marking a wall to record and communicate traces back to the hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt, though in the modern day, it resembles more so the “tags” of New York that trace all the way back to the 1960’s. Today, these markings are considered street art or graffiti depending on their message. A common misconception within the community is that the terms graffiti and street art may be used interchangeably, however I find that to not necessarily be...
Art and Culture are very important for the development of any nation. Culture and Creativity/ Art manifest themselves in almost all economic, social and other activities. A country is as diverse as India is symbolized by the plurality of its culture. India has one of the world’s largest collections of songs, music, dance, theatre, folk traditions, performing arts, rites and rituals, paintings, and writings that are known, as the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of humanity. In order to preserve these...
When an object is perceived as ‘beautiful’ by an individual, to use as an example, “This rose is beautiful” then that statement must then have a predetermined judgement on something that is universally ‘agreeable’. This reasoning that the rose must be beautiful is, as Kant would describe it, an individual’s subjective feeling towards the rose and as stated before must in turn be universally validified. Our aesthetic judgments interact with the world around us in the way that beauty is...
Introduction The Modernism movement began in the 20th Century. It is seen as being a more logical approach to the purpose of the building as well as using new materials (History.com, 2019) ,(UKEssays.com, 2019). I aim, to investigate into the Architectural response of the Great Depression. As well as comparing what Architecture was like prior to The Great Depressions and the Architectural response because of it. As well as understanding how such large skyscrapers such as the Empire State and...
Introduction The Modernism movement started within the Twentieth Century. It is seen as being a more logical approach to the purpose of the building as well as utilizing new materials (History.com, 2019). Architect Louis Sullivan view was that “form follows function”, which means designing a building that has the essentials needs (Wiki, 2019) This essay aims to investigate what Skyscrapers resembled during the ’20s-’30s compared to now and seeing if the Modernist style has advanced throughout the years. As well...
In this written piece I will be investigating how typography is used to brand films. Films more often than not use word marks for branding purposes rather than using iconography; as the word-mark spells out the name of the film and is often stylized towards the specific genre or direction of the film. Due to the heavy saturation of word-marks used in the branding of films can this element alone alter the image of a film before a minute of...
01 / 09
Fair Use Policy
EduBirdie considers academic integrity to be the essential part of the learning process and does not support any violation of the academic standards. Should you have any questions regarding our Fair Use Policy or become aware of any violations, please do not hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are here 24/7 to write your paper in as fast as 3 hours.