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Marginality as a source of innovation in design


[ GRAFFITI ART SOCIAL ISSUES

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] Gone are the days when graffiti is merely seen as a nuisance to the streets, an act of vandalism. Street artists now take to spray paints, stencils and a good pair of running shoes for creating beautiful, public murals under the nose of the police. Graffiti is not only an aesthetic tool, but a tool for propaganda too. Graffiti is giving voice to the oppressed; w here otherwise would be left unseen and unheard. What is more public than taking art it to the streets after all? The street art displays powerful messages on various topics: environment, social justice, animal cruelty, and other world issues. The compelling messages from street artists are clear and poignant: humans need to make a stance. We need to make a change.


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GRAFFITI FESTIVAL VILNIUS 2016 The third Vilnius Street Art festival finds itself at the Train Station district in Vilnius. A controversial and socially agitated place which inspired the organisers to talk more openly with the public about current topics such as: The place for street art and graffiti, gentrification of the district and public art in general. Five well known and promising artists were invited to create contextual murals in the district these included Polish artist duo Sepe & Chazme, Italian artist Millo, Mobstr, Lithuanian street artist Antanas Dubra and Brazilian artists Osgemeos Polish artist duet Sepe and Chazme made a large yet detailed mural for Vilnius Street Art Festival in collaboration with the Polish Institute in Vilnius. The mural is called “Corest Fity” – an allusion to the lost relation between the people and the nature.

STREET ART

“We destroy nature at a pace so that soon we will be forced to imitate it in the cities and play the animals ourselves” SEPE AND CHAZME The building the artists worked on is interesting because of its’ side wall which is actually a firewall. When the building was built there were plans to extend the street and build another building, however this has never happened. In the architectural sense the building is incompleted and the mural on its sidewall is a symbolic conceptual finish.


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