The beauty of street art is that you don’t have to go out of your way to spot it, it spots you.
In Seoul, South Korea, it spotted me and whispered as “the voice of all the unspoken words, the medium of the bold, the heart on the sleeve”.
In Penang,Malaysia, I heard “stories; stories deeply rooted and written on the walls, in faded signs and old colonial buildings”.
In the streets of my previous enemy, Johannesburg, I realised that “street art goes deeper than just a painting on a wall; it’s all about how that wall interacts with the artist, the medium, the natural elements, the audience and eventually the new artist who will add another layer”.
In Taipei, Taiwan, massive murals covered double-storey buildings and showed intricate colourful dedication on walls expanding six meters into the sky.
And in Thailand, the pigments of murals’ imaginations found me in the splatters of paint on the walls, the doors and under the bridges.
Street Art in Thailand
Street art has been taking the world by storm, captivating public audiences and changing minds. The labels of vandalism have changed into tags with an artistic flair. The once rejected nobodies are now praised for their talent. The rebellious strokes are finally interpreted as messages.
On the train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya beautiful raw pieces of art shouted emotions unapologetically, in Chiang Mai the international colours filled tiny corners and in Chiang Rai one of the most beautiful murals disappeared when I tried to locate it for a second time.
There was something different about the street art in Thailand.
Unlike the commissioned murals and walls of Penang and Johannesburg, Hongdae’s organised university projects and the legal tagging in Taipei was the street art in Thailand different.
It was unconventional.
And while some pieces were birthed into the streets with permission other murals sneaked their way; jumped out from the walls of little side streets, hid behind parked cars and high fences.
The beauty of street art is that you don’t have to go out of your way to spot it, it spots you. It connects you with your surroundings. It communicates colourful inspiration. It brings you closer to the urban environment. It exhibits powerful messages.
“Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules.”
– Raymond Salvatore Harmon