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Street Art and The Power to Affect Public Perception

9 June 2011

As mentioned in a previous blog post, the use of timelapse cinematography is a highly effective way to capture and condense a series of images into a moving montage, like in the film of Faith47’s “Cape of Good Hope” mural above.

Faith47’s artwork has become an integral part of street art in Cape Town, addressing tough political and social issues, and the influence of the media on our lives. Other prominent street artists include Ricky Lee Gordon, who has just left to attend the Wide Open Walls community mural project in Gambia.

Like the prolific and enigmatic Banksy, these artists strategically place their artwork to evoke emotion and draw attention to elements of the landscape that are often overlooked. Faith47 for example, has taken text from the constitution to raise awareness about human rights, and Gordon is one of the artists that has contributed to the Adidas Originals I art SA community mural project, which has commissioned artists to paint murals in areas like Woodstock and Soweto.

Banksy in particular though has created installations and stencils that address environmental issues, using his characteristic dark humour to emphasize the overwhelming presence of multinational brands, pollution and urban decay. Banksy’s worldwide notoriety means that his art work and messages are also shared globally, which makes his street art a powerful means to affect public perception.

Green Renaissance is eager to see more of these kinds of guerilla art tactics used for environmental purposes, like the CSI-style Rhino campaign along the Sea Point promenade that took place last year to raise awareness about rhino poaching. Techniques like reverse graffiti also mean that publicly accessible art doesn’t have to be destructive either, as the dirt that accumulates on concrete can be used to better, although temporary, effect.

All photos taken from Banksy’s website.

Post by Jenna van Schoor