GRAFFITI has been given a green light in Nitra. The city granted the go-ahead for some large pipelines, which are now out of use and are not suitable for billboards because of their smooth metal surface, to be spray-painted. Graffiti artists have since decorated them with various colourful works.
Graffiti already decorates spots near the city’s market hall and the former Orbis house of culture, in Palárikova and Mostná Streets, the SITA newswire wrote. They show, among other things, Nitran symbols like the castle, the Andrej Bagar Theatre, or the statue of Corgoň. Silvia Struhárová from the Nitra Town Hall said the project is part of Nitra’s candidacy to become the European Capital of Culture (ECOC) in 2013.
The graffiti project evolved from a conference, Graffiti & Street Art, which took place two years ago and included the Nitra Art Gallery, the School of Mass-media Communication and Advertising, and the Institute of Literary and Artistic Communication of the School of Fine Arts in Nitra.
The conference provoked a debate in Slovakia about the place of graffiti among various kinds of art.
The spray-painters should decorate about a dozen unused pipelines in Nitra in all.
The graffiti movement began in New York in the 1970s. It is now regarded as having a legitimate place among the modern artistic media.
“It is crucial that the creators of such great graffiti get adequate space allocated, and that their works become legalised,” said Jaroslav Dóczy, who leads the team promoting the city’s candidacy for the ECOC. “If spray-paintings emerges on railway carriages or cultural monuments, it is vandalism, but if it refreshes grey concrete, it is culture and art.”
4. Aug 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by Jana Liptáková from press reports