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Street Art vs Graffiti: Locals draw the line

Street art around Boise has been on a rise. Including a wall on 8th Street and Idaho Street Downtown. A blank canvas that was given for people to express their art. (File Photo)

Street art versus graffiti. What is the difference and where is line drawn?

People in Downtown Boise tell KBOI 2 what they think defines art and graffiti.

"The difference between street art and graffiti is legality essentially," said Tyler Armstrong.

From the sounds of it, graffiti can sometimes be associated with a word or image that people write on someone else's property. Take Sunday morning's vandalism case for a example. Vehicles and businesses have fell victim to what some people consider art.

"It depends on the graffiti, I've seen some really deep messages on graffiti but that doesn't mean I want to see it on the side of a building," said Zach Petersen.

"It's not cohesive art to match the rest of the surroundings areas," said Sydney Lyon.

Street art around Boise has been on a rise. Including a wall on 8th Street and Idaho Street Downtown. A blank canvas that was given for people to express their art.

"Street art is pretty ubiquitous around Boise I'd say. We've got freak alley, we've got the murals up around town we've got all of those power boxes that are painted on almost every street corner as you drive thru town and I consider that to also be street art," Lyon said.

People define street art as more of a message where artists condsider well thought out ideas to execute in a given area.

"They're not just doing it on a whim, they're not just doing it because they can, they're doing it because they have an idea in mind and they want something to think something specifically when they look at it," Lyon said.

Bottom line, KBOI 2 checked with State Law and unless you have consent from a property owner, you can face a misdemeanor for vandalism.

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