In the early 1960s, a Cuban architect who had fled to South Florida designed the Miami Marine Stadium, an ambitious structure that hosted concerts, boat races, religious services and political rallies. But the city decided to abandon the venue when a hurricane ripped through in the early ’90s. Since then, graffiti artists have led the way in keeping the cultural landmark alive. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
For more than 30 years, Los Angeles-based artist RISK has been creating colorful murals on everything from highway overpasses — known as “heavens” — to dilapidated buildings, walls, trains and buses. He recently joined eight other graffiti artists to paint on the abandoned Miami Marine Stadium. Continue reading
New York City graffiti exhibit, “Write of Passage,” tells the story of graffiti’s history, a movement that started in the middle of a big city and grew to become a globally cultural phenomenon.
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It’s been around for several decades, but street art got a jolt of publicity when famed British street artist Banksy took up residency in NYC during the month of October and produced a piece a day. Brooklynstreetart.com expert Steven Harrington discusses whether Banksy’s commercial value is changing the nature of the form. Continue reading
Painter and graffiti artist Alec Monopoly is obsessed with Rich "Uncle" Pennybags, the mascot of the board game Monopoly. For Alec, this character is a reminder that money can both be the source of fortune and demise — in the game and in our lives. Continue reading
In Detroit, where the population has dropped by 2 million, abandoned and neglected buildings are a normal sight. But look more closely, and beautiful murals and graffiti appear everywhere. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on how artists, flocking to the city, are helping to spark the ailing economy. Continue reading