From cave art to street art - what drives human beings to draw on the walls?
We’ve been doing it for centuries. From prehistoric cave paintings to gladiatorial fan worship to New York subway trains; we make our mark on any available surface. But what drives us to graffiti?
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Dr Richard Clay hunts for the reasons why we scratch messages and mementoes of our lives onto the walls. Is it pure vandalism or an important creative impulse?
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