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A prominent city wall made available for 24-hour graffiti that gets sold and scrubbed at midnight

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Sep 24, 2021
Make a prominent city wall available to graffiti artists. Anything they create remains visible for 24 hours then gets put up for sale and replaced by a blank canvas after midnight.

How it works
  1. There is a huge roll of white acrylic paper behind the wall. The paper is automatically pulled over the wall so that it serves as a blank canvas.
  2. Whatever the artists paint on it remains visible for 24 hours. At the stroke of midnight, it gets rotated out of view and replaced by a blank canvas.
  3. Throughout the day people can bid on the displayed graffiti art. The highest bidder becomes the new owner.
  4. If anyone buys it, the art is preserved, cut out of the roll, and made available for pick-up to the buyer.

Why?

  • Make people look forward to a fresh piece of art every day.
  • Improve the quality of life in a city by adding a daily attraction for people to enjoy.
  • Give local artists a chance to shine and have their creations appreciated.
  • Provide local artists with an opportunity to earn some income from the sale of their graffiti.
  • Provide people with a chance to own art in huge format.
A few examples of amazing graffiti art that people might buy if they could:





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Temporary spray chalk graffiti walls

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Michaela D
Michaela D Sep 28, 2021
I like the idea of graffiti on paper that can be sold. In addition to that, there could be more walls with no paper, that would be painted with spray chalk. This paint wears off in 7 days naturally or until it is washed off with water.
In contrast to the paper graffiti, these walls could be given for free to artists who cannot afford to pay for the paper wall. The artists could reserve the walls beforehand. I also agree with previous comments that suggested a period longer than 24 hours, so that more people get the chance to appreciate it. In this case, the maximum is 7 days, or if outside, until it rains. In rainy cities covered walls in court-yards could be used!

Art Gallery on screen

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Sep 24, 2021
Great idea!

Why not use a big screen set in a prominent location to display a high definition image of a piece of art (paintings/photos/graffiti/sculptures) that changes sporadically. It would be like having an art gallery outside. This could be a great advertisement for the art and the gallery supplying the images, exposing it to a range of people who might not have an interest in visiting galleries while also adding to the aesthetics of the location.

Another benefit of doing it digitally is that you won't need to worry about the weather damaging the art, which could be a problem with paper cavases.

Artists could, of course, buy these advertising spaces themselves, but that would exclude artists who cannot afford it, I think the best would be for a gallery to buy a permanent space.

[1]https://www.designboom.com/art/spectrum-times-square-monument-to-diversity-cosimo-scotucci-05-05-2021/

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Samuel Bello
Samuel Bello20 days ago
Very good idea!
The graffiti arts can simply be left where they were painted but still get exposure to the whole world.


If we focus on using this method, especially for graffiti, like this session's idea suggests. One problem that will come up is the issue of funding. There are clusters of large screens in some urban areas but they require payment for anything to be displayed on them. If one says that the artists should pay for their artworks to be displayed; the system will only work for pieces of art that are up for sale. Even for artworks that are up for sale, they are not usually advertised on the street with the hope of piquing the interest of a passerby, they are usually displayed on auctions to art enthusiasts who are more likely to buy them. Besides, graffiti is an art form that the artists will rarely want to put up for sale so the artists will not see any reason to pay money to entertain people with their artworks. For most artists, posting their works on social media is just enough.

Live-streamed internet webcam where people can check the wall at any time of the day

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Sep 24, 2021
Having the wall live-streamed would:
  • Diminish the chances of people vandalizing the art.
  • Increase the chances of the currently displayed art being seen and sold (even worldwide).
  • Make it more worthwhile for the artists to put in the hard work for only 24 hours of being on display.
  • Time-lapse videos of art being created.
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Samuel Bello
Samuel Bello20 days ago
I think a picture with 3-dimensional effects, like the one 360 picture formats have, may be more appropriate in this case because the wall is going to look the same at all times and there is no need for the live display that will come with a webcam where people can always check the wall.

Have a graffiti museum and use sponsors

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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi Sep 24, 2021
I love the idea of having art to see every day. However, Povilas S raised two salient points.
  1. The first point is on the time frame, I think he and Juran are right on that - a night might be too short for an art piece of such scale, especially since people will be viewing it the day after.
  2. The second point is where to display it. That was actually my first thought - "Where will it be displayed?"

In addition to the spaces he mentioned - event halls and commercial spaces - I'll like to suggest a graffiti museum and the use of sponsors.

On the use of sponsors - what if every graffiti piece is sponsored by a prominent person in the city. What's in it for them? The chance to inspire an art piece, have it named after them, or both. In return, the artist gets paid for their time and efforts.

After the piece has expended its "staying up" time, it can then be transferred to the museum. I'm undecided on whether the sponsor should be charged a "maintenance fee" for the piece or whether people who visit the museum later should be charged for that. The museum can also provide private storage for people who don't want their pieces accessible to the public.

I think this idea is great as it will motivate artists, especially young ones, to direct their energies to creative and positive ventures.

Thumps up to you, Darko Savic, for coming up with it.

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Samuel Bello
Samuel Bello20 days ago
I believe the main point of painting on the walls is because the painting can hardly be moved. The moment such artworks are easy to move and do not stay on display for long periods like graffiti is generally intended to stay on display, then they sort of lose their value as graffiti works. Even a month of display time will be perceived as a small time to stay on display by graffiti painters because longevity is one of the main points of graffiti.

Another issue is the location problem. A lot of graffiti artists working at the same place can be a very nice place for the artists to work since they can share ideas and develop healthy relationships with like-minded people. But graffiti works, unlike most other artworks, almost always have more value at the location that they are painted. They are frequently inspired by the activities of people who are living in the locations that they were painted and the events that happen at such places. As a result, they are most appreciated by the people who live there. Graffiti is hardly about the monetary value, it is more about the recognition that the artist gets (usually in their neighborhood). If it was about the money, the artist could spend their time painting artworks that can be marketed more easily.
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Povilas S
Povilas S23 days ago
It's a good idea. Here are some remarks I want to make. I agree with Juran regarding the time scale. Especially, because you, Darko Savic, mentioned that the buyers could check the art out and reserve it during the day. The artist(s) would still be in the process of making it during the day (unless they managed to make it at night starting right after midnight), so there would be too little time for them to finish it so that the potential buyers could see the final picture and decide if they want to buy it.

Another thing I'd like to point is that paper will most likely not be suitable for painting with graffiti paint. You'd need to develop a specialized canvas for this, thick enough and covered with a material that won't blur the paint. It might get complicated when it comes to rolling/folding/cutting and otherwise handling such a thing.

Finally, the person buying the huge canvas should have a place where to hang it to be visible, not everyone will be able to do that, for that you'd need a house with a windowless wall, a garage or something like that. Another option is to spread it on a floor of a big empty hall or even in a yard in summer. This, of course, will depend on the size of the initial wall and the painting, but the point remains. Because of this complication, perhaps the people who will be most interested in buying such canvas will have intentions to use them to decorate event halls, commercial spaces, etc., so basically business people. Some people might like to buy the canvas just to have it as a souvenir, even without being able to properly spread it somewhere, but for most this won't do I think.
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Juran23 days ago
Great idea! I would just suggest that the paper canvas should be changed every week since those great graffitis are not made overnight/in one day. That way you could give even those with fewer skills enough time to draw a beautiful piece of art.
Also, I recently had a similar idea about the "training walls" for young graffiti artists. The idea is to have a set of walls that get repainted white every month. Young artists can learn, see and comment on nice graffiti since it will become their "place".
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic23 days ago
Juran one problem with the weekly art is a higher chance that it gets vandalized and thus made not worth buying. An artist could actually guard their creation for 24 hours.

The 24-hour window frame gives more people the opportunity to try their luck and a high-frequency training ground for local artists.

Also, people would grow to expect something new every day. Many would form a habit of passing by just to see what was created that day.
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Juran23 days ago
Darko Savic I understand the problem, but guarding the art will not make sure no one vandalizes it. The same ones who will vandalize it during the week will probably do it during the day, whether the artist guarded it or not.
I agree with the second, but one problem still remains - time for creating such an art. My friend teaches graffiti and does 3-5 per month, because of the costs and the time need to prepare, sketch and draw the graffiti. The last one he did on the building across the street has been drawn for 3 nights straight (4 x 10 meters).
I think if you want to have a huge canvas, people need more time. But the habit of passing buy would be very cool. I would do it.