The Globe and Mail: How social media is driving the culture of public art

The Globe and Mail: How social media is driving the culture of public art. “If you live in a major metropolis, you’ve most likely seen those aggressively colourful walls cropping up near coffee houses, gastropubs and boutiques, some with a riot of pastel hearts, others with stencilled angels’ wings to be “worn” by anyone who positions their shoulders underneath. There are graphic walls, too, with feel-good aperçus such as ‘Love Life’ and ‘You Are a Goddess Living in a City of Angels.’ These walls are Grandma’s corny crochet pillows writ large, yet people by the thousands flock to them every month to snap photos. In my neighbourhood, one such wall – full of iridescent pink, orange and blue hearts – can be found kitty-corner to a high-end coffee house, but you can barely see the wall for the crowds that gather like selfie supplicants making pilgrimage. This is not guerrilla street art, or murals commissioned by local government. This is Instagram art, which exists solely to be photographed and posted to social media.”

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