Urban Exploration as an Art Form

Art often takes many different forms and mediums. From paint to pastel, from sculpture to ‘living art’, alternative art styles often give artists fun, new and exciting ways to express ideas, thoughts, and emotions. Urban exploration and the views of the world that it produces are no exception. Urban explorers have often been viewed as adrenaline junkies looking for the next excitement, but these expressions of human triumph and bravery are more than what marginalizing conservatives paint them to be.

From illicitly scaling the largest building in London to evading security while climbing huge, towering cranes, these zeniths often give urban explorers unique views of the city at their feet, providing some of the most incredible collections of urban photography to date. Urban exploration also has long standing tradition behind it. The Climbers of Cambridge were exploring university buildings and evading security as early as the 1930’s.

While many think of urban explorers as impulsive and rash, the truth is that the average urban exploration takes weeks of research and forethought. Entire teams have come together to make projects happen, to get the most amazing photographs available today. The team that successfully evaded security patrols and climbed Shard, one of Europe’s tallest buildings, has again turned the public eye on UrbEx, or urban exploration.

While the world famous past time is, admittedly, dangerous, Urban Exploration allows us to view the world from a whole new perspective, which is the whole point of artwork. Artists may choose it for the adrenaline, for the boasting rights, or just to prove they can, but what is sure is that it has greatly contributed to human perspective of Earth.


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