To be or not to be art, that is the question

Street art in the El Carmen

In recent years, publications as prestigious as The New York Times have taken note of the worldwide spread of graffiti, and proposed a question that readers have not stopped talking about since: Is it art?

That depends on the eye of the beholder.

Street art in the El Carmen

Street art in the El Carmen neighborhood of Panama City.

However those who would unleash a can of spray paint to decorate a barren concrete wall should do so with the utmost care not only for the beholders of their craft, but also with the utmost respect for their fellow artisans. One foul piece could stand to ruin the privilege for all.

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