Is ‘visual pollution’ a billboard or graffiti?
I’ve wondered about this before. Graffiti is against the law because it’s done on someone else’s property without their consent, but I would venture to say that most are programmed to view graffiti or street art as visual pollution because it’s “coloring outside the lines.”
A few years ago, Sao Paulo, Brazil, outlawed what they called, “visual pollution.” The world’s fourth largest city outlawed billboards!
Although legal challenges from businesses have left a handful of billboards standing, the city, now stripped of its 15,000 billboards, resembles a battlefield strewn with blank marquees, partially torn-down frames and hastily painted-over storefront facades.
Interestingly enough, Sao Paulo is known for their ever abounding street art:
So tell me, what is visual pollution?