Wednesday, July 6, 2011

subversive art in the park

I discovered this colorful act of graffiti on an electrical box at a park near my home:
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Not ten feet away stands this effigy, acquired by the city:
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I'm sure the former will soon be covered or sand-blasted to oblivion. This particular graffiti, visually pleasing and thought provoking, comes across as a relevant, though subversive, work of art that expresses some voice of the community. I don't always feel this way about graffiti. The sculpture, with its movement and medium, has its own, more acceptable expression.  What are your opinions on graffiti?

5 comments:

  1. You should google banksy. He's an awesome
    British graffiti artist. And love your blog!

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  2. Hey Punksy! We're friends on Blogging Buddies; I really like you're blog! Every electrical box in the city we just moved from is decorated with street art; I'll try to snap you a few pictures. I think it's a really neat idea and it certainly makes sitting at a light more interesting.

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  3. Love that balloon graffiti! But I don't think it's right to write or draw wherever we like, whenever the mood strikes. Some graffiti is so absolutely gorgeous, though, and I want to see it--perhaps there should be places in cities specifically designed for this kind of art.

    Just wanted to stop by and let you know you're my pick of the week. I love your photos and fresh perspective, and so I'm sharing your link with my readers for the next week. I hope you don't mind--I couldn't find your grab it button (I have a tutorial on this if you were ever interested in making one) so I used your 'about me' photo.
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  4. Lizi I would love to see some more of these! Lindy, I used to live in Longmont Colorado where they have a wall that is filled with legally done graffiti - check out the art here: http://photos.dailycamera.com/Category/Jeremy-Papassos-Best-Photos-of/15218308_3MVoX/2/1138583878_S9TqB/Medium
    That city has a graffiti problem in general - buildings and signs and the railcars are always being defaced - I think that the graffiti wall has become a positive outlet and popular art stop there. Thank you for making me your pick of the week!!

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  5. Some graffiti really is beautiful. I think a graffiti wall would be helpful for people to express their art in a legal way. ;)

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