Art detritus is urban street art that is both intentional and unintentional, emerging from the interplay of largely anonymous artists, vandals, public officials, entrepreneurs, local weather, and neglect. A disintegrating wall, a foreclosed property, a plywood construction fence, a sidewalk, an old door, a street sign, trashcan, or unclean window becomes canvas on which layers of personal messages and public notices, artistic design, vandalism, commercial icons, random stickers, and other elements add to the ongoing history of dilapidation and gentrification, destruction and construction of urban space and culture.
In the interplay of all these elements, including weather conditions and the state of maintenance of the physical space, a complex creative process evolves. The figurative deteriorates into the abstract and the abstract materializes into the figurative. The singular artistic design becomes politicized by elements subsequently added. Commercial symbols become highly ironic and complex. Public street signs and eviction notices become purveyors of anarchic messages. Scratches and reflections on a dirty window become modern art.