Artist Andy Leek gives gold stars to street art in East London. While it may not sound like much, Andy’s gold stars not only provide some sort of validation or gratitude to the creative artists responsible for creating the pieces but it is also a statement inspired “by my experience of the inadequacies in the school system for handling creative children.” Andy never got a gold star growing up so he made it his personal mission to give approval to the work of others, with a nice big gold star and a “Well Done!”
Had school systems fostered creative children more these people may have never gone on to become street artists in the first places. Counter-culture is, after all, not taught in the schools but on the street.
All images courtesy of Andy Leek.