As a lover of Street Art, how is it possible to get involved other than physically becoming a part of it, if you know what I mean?
Lovers of Street Art don’t walk down the street from point A to B like normal people. We duck down every side alley and investigate every doorway; we walk with our heads up or down to look for any hidden artwork. Street Artists don’t just work on walls in plain view but like to hide ‘messages’ so as an observer you have to really look for it.
Until recently I thought collecting street art was done with a camera, but there are often exhibitions in galleries by Street Artists, if you are lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Website We The Vandals is the answer to Street Art lovers prayers. It works as a crowdfunding site for Street Art with campaigns around the world. You can get involved by just admiring the progress of the campaign or donate any amount from US$1 to help pay for materials. I’ve been humbled by the small amounts of money the artists request, given the size of council grants available in Australia for temporary public artworks.
For a donation as small as US$5 you can get your name on the Street Art with an emailed photograph. Actual physical artworks start at about US$10 with some seriously good stuff for under US$100. So it’s possible to help the artist create the Street Art and at the same time become a collector of original artworks. Win, win!