Space and resources are becoming limited. Artists still need to create while needing materials to do so. Cityscapes are now becoming inclusive art galleries with no velvet ropes to keep people away from the pieces.
The photo that I took above at rue De Buci in the 5th arrondissement is a captivating example of how people still need to make their surroundings more personal (to some), or more beautiful (to some). To me, street art is just an extension of design beyond the home. Can you imagine if everyone made the city a bit more comfortable for themselves? There would be a claim to proprietorship with the city. Mutual respect would be the outcome.
Imagine if everyone in Toronto made a contribution to the streets that they take. I would want a Félix Del Marle outdoor furniture at city hall. And then, my Alvator Aalto chair for those sunny days at Trinity Bellwoods, next to someone’s preferred Philippe Starck. Imagine a city of happy people with mutual respect of each other’s sense of aesthetic and comfort.