Huangjueping Graffiti Street 黄桷坪涂鸦街 is said to be the largest graffiti art region in China and the world. While in Chongqing 重庆, MovingCities visited the area home to a number of galleries, studios, and art schools – most notably, the 501 Art Warehouse and Organhaus Art Space and the old campus of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute [SCFAI 四川美术学院].
The Graffiti Street 黄桷坪涂鸦街 starts from Huangjueping Railway Hospital and ends by the 501 Art Gallery, with a complete length of 1,25 kilometers. The total street takes up a territory of about 50.000m² with rather standard looking apartment blocks brushed over with color – liberally splashed upon the walls in abstract swirls and zigzags or in some cases in the form of larger than life cartoons [source: thechonx.com].
The entire graffiti project was finished by over 800 painters, artists, and even students. Over 30, 000 brushes of varied sorts and 12.5 tons of paints were worn out during the whole project. After a hundred and fifty days’ arduous work, Huangjueping Graffiti Street was finally completed. Thirty seven buildings along the street were painted with graffiti. Graffiti Street has not solely modified the looks of the recent quarter of Chongqing, however conjointly creates a decent surroundings for the cultural creativity of the institute.
These days the Huangjueping Art District in Jiulongpo District 重庆市 九龙坡区 黄桷坪 has become somewhat of a destination for artists, curators and creative people. Amongst other we visited the Organhaus Art Space [founded in 2001], an independent art organisation set up by artists and curators. Located in the 501 Art Warehouse [501艺术基地], the Organhaus Art Space has ±200m² of studio & exhibition space alongside the accommodation for its resident artists [source: trianglenetwork.org | read more > >].
After the visit we scanned and walked the Graffiti Street 黄桷坪涂鸦街 and documented what some have described as a place where graffiti culture and contemporary art collide on a grand scale, as an entire city street is converted into a living, breathing celebration of creative license. [source: openplac.es]
Pictures by MovingCities
thanks: CHEN YiZhong 陈一中