The Walls Will Have Their Say: Determining the Cultural and Historical Significance of Graffiti
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Historic Preservation
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Historic Preservation
Includes bibliographical references (pages 70-74).
"Graffiti, or Street Art, is a part of our everyday lives; while to some it may be seen as vandalism, to those within the graffiti culture it holds a great deal of significance. Due to its illegal nature, graffiti is most often viewed in a negative light and the cultural and artistic aspect is overlooked. By examining American Popular Culture (including the graffiti culture) and the preservation notion of cultural significance, it becomes clear that graffitied structures are a tangible representation of American Sub-Cultures. The Pensacola Graffiti Bridge, a local landmark, will be used to determine the significance of graffiti within communities by applying national and international definitions on cultural significance. This thesis will explore the subculture that was created out of the contemporary graffiti movement, how this movement shaped the built environment, the cultural significance of graffiti within its culture, and how graffiti has created places. It will determine that cultural landscapes of graffiti are tangible representations of American sub-cultures and as such should be preserved as evolutionary landmarks."
Keywords: graffiti, street art, sub-cultures, cultural significance, landmarks
CHAIR: Pinkerton, Connie
Lim, Jong Hyun
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