Roadsworth: Crossing the Line Comments | Jul 17 2008
One of the most creative artists I have ever come across has been Roadsworth. Hailing from Toronto/Montreal Canada his work has never failed to impress and make the viewer contemplate their surrounds.
Peter Gibson, a.k.a. Roadsworth could face up to $100,000 in fines for his controversial ’street’ art. He brings urban banalities to life by creating candles out of crosswalks, for example. He makes one stop to reflect, as does all good art. The question is, should his conscientious work be scrutinized and treated as public vandalism? Or should it not be considered in a different light– as poetic activism, and, as art?
What are your personal thoughts on Street Art? Graffiti? Are they the same or completely different?
Is Roadsworth an artist? a vandal?
What should a city do when a publicly loved (street)artist is caught? Should his art be buffed?
There has been instances in the UK where Banksy’s art has been left due to his popularity/fame and general worth of his piece… Banksy’s art is considered by many municipalities to be “tourist attractions”.
Is Roadsworth in a similar situation as Banksy but a Canadian version? (Banksy hasn’t been caught from my knowledge though).