Street art is as important as the art you find displayed in galleries. Not all of it is good, and much of it is not, but the streets are not the artist’s studios where creativity explodes with no bounds. We;, except for the law anyway. But we’re talking art, so F#&% authority, convention, and rules.
When we first arrived in Budapest, we took a bus to a train from the airport into the city. The walls along the railroad tracks were splattered in paint, but we remarked immediately at how disappointing it was. Letters in large font, though sometimes creative, displayed more ego than art. It looked more like gangland than a gateway to new world renaissance. But as we stroll the streets of Budapest, we encounter more – much more tags, but much more than we enjoy as art.
We’re still looking for a legal wall to make our mark. We haven’t had a chance to take paint to a wall since Vienna, and know we will get the opportunity here as well. Till then, here are some of what we’ve seen so far.
Post Script – if you are an artist or happen to capture street art in Budapest or anywhere else in the world, share it with us!