SOUTHERN MURALS: COLOR AND HISTORY

By: chesshirecat

Apr 14 2011

Category: Uncategorized

7 Comments


FROM WIKIPEDIA

Murals are important in that they bring art into the public sphere. Due to the size, cost, and work involved in creating a mural, muralists must often be commissioned by a sponsor. Often it is the local government or a business, but many murals have been paid for with grants of patronage. For artists, their work gets a wide audience who otherwise might not set foot in an art gallery. A city benefits by the beauty of a work of art.

Murals can be a relatively effective tool of social emancipation or achieving a political goal. Murals have sometimes been created against the law, or have been commissioned by local bars and coffeeshops. Often, the visual effects are an enticement to attract public attention to social issues. State-sponsored public art expressions, particularly murals, are often used by totalitarian regimes as a tool of mass-control and propaganda. However, despite the propagandist character of that works, some of them still have an artistic value.

Murals can have a dramatic impact whether consciously or subconsciously on the attitudes of passers by, when they are added to areas where people live and work. It can also be argued that the presence of large, public murals can add aesthetic improvement to the daily lives of residents.

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7 comments on “SOUTHERN MURALS: COLOR AND HISTORY”

  1. That is a LOVELY mural. Philadelphia has a citywide mural arts program and you find them everywhere, often in the worst neighborhoods. Used to make me so happy knowing even the most downtrodden have access to beauty daily — and though i like some graffiti, so much better than most. I miss seeing those murals everywhere.

  2. Yes, yes, yes. Bring on the murals. They add so much sparkle and philosphy to the enivronments in which they occur. Walls should be like blank pages in a book ready to be filled.

  3. […] Southern Murals: Color and History (chessiesphotos.wordpress.com) […]

  4. The way the images blend into each other is very nice.

  5. I love the picture of a picture concept. Definitiely worth 1,000 words!

    Where I live we have graffiti more than murals.

  6. thanks Marion, from you that’s a very cool compliment!


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