When Street Art Inspires Us

Graffiti and grime? Or something greater? Street art can be controversial and beautiful in the same moment. An unexpected image can make us stop on the sidewalk to reflect, and a well-sculpted message can alter the course of our thoughts for an entire day.

In celebration of notable street artist Banksy’s new work in NYC (our hometown!) we’re sharing three ways in which graffiti enhances our imaginations and inspires us to look a the world a bit closer every day…

1. Reality vs. Imagination

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A good work of art blurs the line between what is real and what is imagined, making us believe, if only for a split second, that something special has happened (like a heart shaped balloon floating alone against a wall). Different from graffiti words and names, which can appear menacing, thoughtful art installations add color and depth to otherwise ordinary surroundings.

2. Beauty in Unexpected Places

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Street art makes us see beauty where we expect it least (like a beautiful garden inside the back of a delivery truck). Talented artists use these installations to teach us to keep our eyes open in every moment, never knowing when we may witness beauty in the least likely of places.

3. Human Connections

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Street art makes us focus on the human lives we intertwine with every day on the street corner. Artworks with a human element (like the two children from the past etched onto a wall) make us consider the lives of the people we talk and walk with each day, realizing that we have a lot more in common than using the same sidewalk. Also, a cool mural brings a neighborhood together!

Images shared via banksyny.com. Visit to learn more about Banksy’s NYC stay!