Street art is a way for up and coming artists (and some that are already known) to get their masterpieces to the public forum. These images are created on streets and sidewalks, usually in cities, and range from the truly bizarre to breathtaking.
What street art is
This type of artistic expression is a means through which the artist can reach the general public. It is typically used to focus on a social issue or a dilemma that the artist feels needs attention drawn to it. This is a way that artist and public can communicate with one another without the confines and restrictions of the traditional venues.
The use of this type of communication allow the messenger to send a message. Something they are concerned with or even a simple statement of the beauty in the world that is all around us. These works are fashioned to offer aesthetic beauty to the realm where they are located, and are eye catching as well.
Reaching the disenfranchised
Artists can sometimes feel like their works are not appreciated by the main stream art world. Street art allows them to have a venue to feel like they are reaching out to the public and the world. In this venue the artists are not constrained by the opinions of those who run the galleries and make the decisions as to what is contained in them.
Street pieces are also a way to reach a population that would not otherwise have the access to the art that is displayed. On the streets the artist can make a political statement, they can reclaim property that is felt to belong to the public, and can even reach out to those who have no voice and give them one.
Reaching out to the public, connecting with humanity and generating magnificent pieces of art is the what street artists do. Having a statement to mead and heard is how they can connect with the masses in a productive way.