Modern murals use many of the principles of technology and composition that came out of street art, which only confirms its status of socially significant art.
“Art used to be made in the name of faith. We made cathedrals, we made stained-glass windows, we made murals.” Julia Cameron.
Along with informatization and modernization, urbanization has already firmly entered our world, and the space of the urban environment itself is today becoming an increasingly popular object of study for art historians.
The city is a continuation of the “social body” of people: the mutual influence of a man and a space turns the city into some kind of a “medium” between the human consciousness and the world - after all, street art, according to metaphysicians from art, is a conductor of the “collective unconscious”.
Murals can be regarded as a phenomenon from the world of art, as a platform for the artist’s expression, and as city scenery. In each case, it is a combination of all three points.
Although the mural is from the Spanish "muro", that is, the "wall", or "wall painting ", it differs from monumental painting. A wall painting, or mural, is closer to easel painting in technique and composition; monumental art uses completely different principles of composition, other materials and techniques, and even scales. It is designed for the artist to work with eternal themes, with ageless values, with a look into the distant future. However, wall painting (mural), in the modern sense, is still something temporary.
Today the most common technique is the use of spray paint or water-based paint. Someone puts it with a roller, someone - with brushes, someone uses acrylic paint, but these are details. There is nitro enamel and there is water-soluble paint, nitro enamel is applied with a balloon, water-soluble paint - with a roller or brushes. It is pretty simple.
So what is the modern mural?
It’s the development of the urban environment, and a platform for propaganda as well. It is necessary to understand that a certain percentage of the urban population lives in very, very typical buildings, typical neighborhoods, where the feeling of creative life is quite degraded, so they have a need for striking manifestations of disagreement. Here the aesthetic improvement of the environment through public art is quite a significant matter.
It is urban art that can have a positive sociocultural effect on city dwellers around the world. Just imagine, that day by day they wake up, go to work and see the same gray space that is filled with greenery and trees at best in front of them. Murals represent a large-scale gallery in the open air and instill in people love for beauty.
Art is about aesthetic and spiritual education. When a person looks at a picture, he finds a certain reflection of himself and the surrounding reality in it. Art motivates, inspires and provokes thoughts together with strong emotions. One can hardly see anything on the gray empty wall, but when a live picture appears on it, this is a subject for reflection.