The Dictionary of Art defines GRAFFITI as
..an arrangement of institutionally illicit marks in which there has been an attempt to establish some sort of coherent composition: such marks are made by an individual or individuals (not generally professional artists) upon a wall or other surface that is usually visually accessible to the public…
With this in mind we enter an arena where colors, designs and vistas crop up in the most unusual places legitimately . The location; Tehran, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In a surprising twist the city has morphed into an exhibition venue for this art.
- This book explores three elements within the street art scene of Tehran. Sanctioned art, sponsored by the city government. Artists are hired to paint on the walls around the city.
- Political – Propaganda art, also sponsored by the government.
- Real graffiti; Only a handful of artists dare to present their views.