We all make meaning from what we see, what we hear and what we feel. Street art can capture our attention with what we see, conjure up what we might hear and lead to a range of feelings. In this way street art can tell a story by capturing our imagination. Our interpretation of the story may or may not match the intended meaning of the artist. That probably doesn't matter all that much.
We can use stories to help us understand the world around us. Or these stories can take us to another world, far away from our usual life. We may have visited that world in person or just in our imagination.
Stories can carry messages, like "Have no fear". These messages can help lift our spirits, give us courage, help us keep going during tough times. They can help us to rise about the day to day challenges we face.
Stories can be shared with others, passed on through history, from generation to generation. Street art may not last that long but the memory or image of it through photography can linger, can even remain in our minds forever.
Stories remind us that we are connected to each other. Stories mean less in isolation.They come to life through their sharing, through the telling, through the embellishment that can occur each time they are told.
Stories can give us hope, connect us to the past while looking to the future. Images in street art can capture our attention for this reason. They provide an image to accompany the story. This helps us to hold it, to carry it, to remember it.