Street Art from New York City: The Power of Urban Graffiti

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Why take this online tour?

Street art is a powerful way generations of artists have communicated cultural, social, and political messages throughout their communities, cities, and now with the influx of social media platforms, across the globe. On this edition of our popular Spotlight Series, hit the streets of SoHo in New York City live with a local photographer, artist, and guide to experience these beautiful and oftentimes, moving pieces of artwork from the most iconic city in the world. As we walk together with our expert, learn about the history of artist and craft, its ascension from “vandalism” to museum-worthy pieces, and discuss the fleeting opportunities to see some of these works of art.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Explore one of New York City’s most iconic neighborhoods through the search for incredible pieces of street art: SoHo
  • Created with Sketch.Learn about the history of street artwork and it’s rise to the forefront of modern art
  • Created with Sketch.View different murals/street artwork and get more information on the background of the artist, the message, and technique
  • Created with Sketch.Ask your personal expert questions that arise during your tour
  • Created with Sketch.Connect to this live online experience from the comfort of home
  • Created with Sketch.Receive a $25 voucher with every online tour you take for future tours around the world

Description

Human nature has always been compelled to mark our existence, our history, events, professions, heritage, triumphs, struggles, and belief systems through various mediums - cave drawings, text carvings, our names, murals, each their own method of communication. These works of art left behind have granted us knowledge, and given us factual evidence of the history of their creators, have proven the various factors of social, political, and economic factors of people long past. In ancient times, while we may have never seen the Emperor in our lifetimes, we had statues and images on street corners, in front of public buildings - these images, in whichever form have always conveyed power and communication.

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Human nature has always been compelled to mark our existence, our history, events, professions, heritage, triumphs, struggles, and belief systems through various mediums - cave drawings, text carvings, our names, murals, each their own method of communication. These works of art left behind have granted us knowledge, and given us factual evidence of the history of their creators, have proven the various factors of social, political, and economic factors of people long past. In ancient times, while we may have never seen the Emperor in our lifetimes, we had statues and images on street corners, in front of public buildings - these images, in whichever form have always conveyed power and communication.

On this Spotlight Series broadcast live from the streets of New York’s SoHo neighborhood, your guide will lead you on a scavenger hunt where each clue leads to another piece of incredible art. It is in this neighborhood, you will look at four unique pieces of art available to any person who walks these streets - and today, we bring the streets to you.

Through personal stories and explanations, you’ll touch on the history of graffiti, the rise of celebrated street artists, and the unspoken code of conduct of artists who call urban spaces their canvas. Your guide will share a touching story about the aftermath of recent Black Lives Matter protests, and the continuing dialogue these pieces can have.

As you view the works of art, you’ll discuss the deeper messaging that lies beneath--be it inclusivity, diversity, culturally and politically-focused, or even telling a story of how we feel. Through the art shown, you’ll learn about the effect it can have on the businesses surrounding it, the artists who made it, and the community that can benefit from it.

Over time plants dyes and chisels have been traded for instruments like spray paint and elaborate stencils that allow for a deeper form of expression, detail and vibrancy. We might be most familiar with “tagging” that decorates the exterior of boxcars on a train or murals that tell a story about the neighborhood surrounding it, but hidden behind the layered paint and densely-marked walls are messages of the social and cultural times and how we feel about it.

By booking this online tour, receive a $25 gift voucher valid for 2 years in any of our Walks global destinations.

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