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Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art

Author Edited by Jeffrey Ian Ross

ISBN No 9781138792937

Review date 16/06/2019

No of pages 520

Publisher Routledge

Publisher URL

Year of publication 23/05/2016


Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art

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£ 150

Graffiti has a history; in London in 1940, George Orwell was writing political graffiti on walls at night. On the inside or outside of trains or on any flat urban space, graffiti is visible. A collection of academic essays show there’s much more to graffiti than crime; security manager readers can get perspective, for example on how New York tackled train graffiti last century. Is it valuable ‘street art’, something to embrace, or part of a ‘battle for public space’? Or a crime to prevent?

As Professional Security featured in October, CCTV on London buses has done away with graffiti and other vandalism to fittings, and made travel feel safer. The ‘artists’ and owners of surfaces drawn or sprayed on others, and the art market and other users of urban space, and the media, will continue to agree to disagree over graffiti.

Pictured: Glasgow.