Street art brightens up the streets of Jinqiao, Shanghai

This interesting piece of art is actually advertising a japanese restaurant in the neighbourhood.

“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet.”

— Banksy: Wall and Piece

Slowly Chinese street artists seem to be taking advantage of the relaxing of anti-graffiti laws here in Shanghai. Some companies are even now using street art to advertise their businesses.

Art is expressed and shown in many forms like singing, dancing, drawing, writing and also street art. Location of street art often affects our opinion of it. If you see a wall that says “Art is not a crime” in the middle of nowhere, you might think it’s hideous and a sign of disrespect since it may be written illegally. Yet when we see the same piece someplace industrial, ‘you will think it is beautiful and take pictures of it. We often judge what we see by what we assume and by its surroundings.

The mushroom piece is an advertisement for an educational corporation!

 “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”

-Oscar Wilde

Street art is beautiful because it is someone’s way of expressing his or her story or dreams. One word or figure can mean the world to someone. People have their own personalities, thoughts and experiences, and sometimes a work of graffiti or street art can be their way to show it to the world.

The astronaut is advertising a restaurant that uses robots in some way. The green tree next to it is also an educational institution that has chosen to advertise through street art.


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