Art on the streets

Something that has fascinated us for a while is the blurred lines of 'art' and 'design'. What makes something art and something else not? I have a few friends who are artists who will have an opinion to share I'm sure, which is great because I'd like to figure out where that line is and if it exists at all.

Personally, I'm all for getting art out of the galleries and onto the streets, and one of the best (in my opinion) is artist JR. He creates "Pervasive Art" that spreads uninvited and usually illegally, on the buildings of the slums around Paris, on the walls in the Middle-East, on the broken bridges in Africa or the favelas in Brazil. People who often live with the bare minimum don't just see it, they make it. Some elderly women become models for a day; some kids turn artists for a week. I love this twist that melds the artist and art and creates social conversation.

In July 2013, 4000 square meters of images representing faces of the women from Kibera, Kenya, were printed on vinyl to protect the roof of the community against the rain.

- Rebecca Zwitser

Rebecca Zwitser