Street Art and Grafitti in New Orleans
While we can't hold a candle to the amount and scope of street art that I saw when visiting New York City, New Orleans certainly has it's share of artists willing to see anything as a canvas. From the sides of buildings to abandoned warehouses to the fences that surround their property, artists are driven to create.
We're the beneficiaries of their talent and vision - after all, what could be better than driving down a street and stumbling upon the results of someone's compulsion to share what their imagination has concocted.
Some art is clearly created with stencils (see the Wrdsmth display below), while others are carefully created by hand.
While some of the creations I run across clearly fall into the unauthorized graffiti camp, the art on private property and warehouse walls is generally approved, or even created, by the owner. Bringing a little bit of color to their block, there are some whimsical approaches to decorating fences and walls.
One of the most famous street art exhibits the city has ever seen is no longer open to the public (or, as we say in New Orleans, "ain't dere no more"). ExhibitBe was a collaborative effort of dozens of New Orleans graffiti artists that, with the permission of the owner, transformed an abandoned apartment complex into soaring displays of what can be done with spray paint and talent.
Do you have a favorite piece of street art or grafitti that speaks to your soul? Share it, if you'd like.