Ever since the first ‘Kilroy Was Here’ tags appeared during the II world war, the street art movement has been growing at a steady pace. The boom of graffiti in the 80’s, as part of the Hip Hop movement took street art to a whole new level and graffiti tags started popping up worldwide. Nonetheless, the whole movement was still considered a vandalistic one.
In the end of the 90’s and beginning of the 2000’s, street art began winning the favor of the public sphere. The movement started gaining followers inside the fine art realm. Soon enough, street art could be found in art galleries and art fairs. The once coined ‘vandals’ were now considered renowned artists that were selling their pieces on the auction markets in the high thousands, or low millions. Basquiat, Keith Haring or Shepard Fairey ‘Obey’ are great examples of renowned artists whose careers started on the streets. Others like Banksy, despite their anonymity, have become the highest selling street artists on the auction floors.
But the gamut of street art goes far beyond spray paint and stencils. Using the city as a canvas has also meant using anything that could be found around the streets for the purpose of art. Nowadays, there is a stream of street or urban artists that are using discarded objects to create a special kind of Trash Art that ends up placed in the streets of cities for bystanders to admire.
Today we bring you a selected list of some of the best waste urban art projects, art projects that bring Trash Art back to the streets where they came from. We hope you enjoy it.