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American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2017, 5(3), 108-112
DOI: 10.12691/ajcea-5-3-5
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Bridge Graffiti - Aesthetical Assessment

Karas Slawomir1,

1Road and Bridge Chair, Lublin University of Technology, Lublin, Poland

Pub. Date: July 08, 2017

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Karas Slawomir. Bridge Graffiti - Aesthetical Assessment. American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2017; 5(3):108-112. doi: 10.12691/ajcea-5-3-5


The article looks into the problem of graffiti on bridges. Graffiti can be seen as a form of artistic expression. There are quoted two historical examples of graffiti, one of the times of antiquity and the other from a more recent historical period, i.e. 1840s. There has been an attempt to define graffiti on the basis of a survey conducted among the Lublin graffiti circles. The resulting descriptive definition of graffiti indicates a stable, independent or even illegal action which seems to be impossible to be curbed. The graffiti was examined on some examples of Santiago Calatrava’s bridges. By means of a simple statistical method applied to the results of a survey conducted among student groups and by means of 1/0 estimation (positive-1/negative-0 impression) of graffiti on bridges, some reliable results have been obtained. It was concluded that, optionally, some of bridge graffiti can be accepted and therefore can be kept as an enhancement of urban surroundings.

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