Street Art is all the rage at the moment and St Albans, always on trend has invited an historical street artist to get involved this summer. St Albans Cathedral’s Artist in Residence, Ella West, invites you to come along and make your mark. All ages are encouraged to engrave a personal message for a series of wax sculptures that Ella is creating for St Albans Cathedral. And the next sessions are on Thursday 16th August, from 10:00 – 12:30 am, in the North Transept and Thursday 23rd August, from 10:00 – 12:30, North Transept
The work you are invited to contribute to in St Albans is inspired by the stunning graffiti left by visitors to the cathedral over the centuries. You can contribute to our Artist in Residence's final work by adding your own messages and drawings to the wax sculptures
The word graffiti comes from the Italian language and it is the plural of the word “graffito.” They are both derived from the word graffito, which means “a scratch.” In the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, the first known example of “modern style” graffiti can be found. It includes the drawing of a foot, a hand, a heart. The ancient Romans also carved graffiti on walls and monuments. The Alexamenos graffito on the wall of a room located near Rome, Italy, was created around 200 AD and is the earliest known image of Jesus.
However, the style of urban graffiti that most people have seen and know about, the kind that uses spray cans it seems to have appeared in Philadelphia in the early 1960s, and by the late 1960s it had reached New York and was born on the subway trains.
Graffiti is now considered one of the four elements of hip-hop. The origins of this can be traced to the Bronx, in New York City. Now you can leave your very own graffiti mark in St Albans.