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Every act of creation


is first of all an act of DESTRUCTION. –Picasso


SACRED SPACES: ORIGIN COLUMNISTS | Derrick De Cristofaro + Cheryl Moody C


reative Destruction OR Contemporary Petroglyphs? We challenge cities, urban communities, and townships to designate distinctive arts districts for street art, a globally burgeoning and culturally significant contemporary art form.


In our opinion, street and graffiti art are site-specific art installations when suitably sited and celebrated in communities like Miami’s Wynwood Arts District and Detroit’s Heidelberg Project. Both areas are bursting with colorful images, enchanting surprises, extreme use of materials, and committed creatives. This art form is vital and relevant to the documentation of today’s sociocultural anthropology, a unique part of our culture, a form of artistic expression, and a means of informing the collective cultural conscience. Creating environments as sacred spaces to promote social awareness, political commentary, and artistic expression for this genre of contemporary art will serve and support the people of this creative subculture and every community it touches.


Before Banksy and Shepard Fairey, before Ancient Greece and Rome, the Paleolithic cave drawings were not merely decorative art, but forms of communication, religious or ceremonial practices, and descriptions of shamans’ dreams for early humanity. We preserve and study these forms with the respect and reverence due their place in history, and are delighted when a modern day explorer discovers the latest sacred space.


Our evolution is shifting from industrialization and into creative consciousness, becoming not builders of things so much as creators of things. From manipulating digital images to sculpting with found objects and computer generating graphic design concepts for advertising, the contemporary art world is the first to accept and


Conscious Living through Art + Design


respect alternative materials, methods and forms before the masses embrace them.


By advocating the designation of legal street-art districts, these sanctioned areas will give the artists permission to engage the world in a provocative and transformational dialogue.


When you are sitting in your car at a stoplight, and your eye is drawn to a spray-painted family of penguins on the corner of a building, do you smile? We do.


Donations: HEIDELBERGPROJECT.ORG Info: THEWYNWOODWALLS.COM


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