Why waste a wall?

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Graffiti or wall art isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. However for me it is an art form that always amazes me. It can be used in so many instances to brighten and enliven a dark, dull precinct and add interest and fresh life.
Wellingtonians have done this with great flare. Huge expanses of wall and shed door space have been reinvigorated with zany graffiti. I thought it looked fantastic. I’d love to know what you think…

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14 thoughts on “Why waste a wall?

  1. The word “graffiti” doesn’t do this stuff any justice, does it? It’s fabulous art. I love the diversity of styles in your pictures.

  2. Hello Lakshmi,
    Thank you kinldly for visiting me.

    The wall art/grafitti blog is one I found interesting and worth thinking about. I agree that this large-format art might serve to brighten up an otherwise desolate neighbourhood. It certainly looks better than blocks of boarded-up windows and old rusty pipes and peeling paint.

    The opportunity to work on large art pieces is one positive aspect of grafitti/wall art and this might be a good venue for unknown artists to establish themselves. Another positive point is that this might encourage young people to become actively involved in their community, learn from and work with professional artists, and build up their portfolio.

    I do think however that there needs to be some structure and planning and guidance. What is sacred and artful to a person of one culture may well be offensive and tasteless to another. Even with a particular culture there are various sub-cultures which do not necessarily agree with on another.
    To hold a neighbourhood captive to violent or suggestive images for example would be a cruel way to treat local residents, especially people who might be more sensitive or elders with a strong sense of decorum.
    The outside of a building is not the same as enclosed space that a person may choose to enter or not. Theatres and galleries and museums, etc are such enclosed spaces where we can push the boundaries. That is the place for the more open expression, not a building whose wall of violent imagery is in full view of the only widdow of some poor soul suffering from P.T.S.D.

    Perhaps boards of recognized professionals (ie. artists, engineers architects, anthropologists, psychologists, sociologists, conflict experts, ect.. ) need to play a part in deciding what is acceptable And not simply allowing anyone with access to a spray can to vandalize someone else’s property or spread hatred or other propaganda and try to pass it off as art.

    Perhaps one way to give everyone an equal chance would be to do the work on panels and mount these works temporarily, to be taken down after a predetermined period of time. We do have art organizations and art banks here in Canada. They might also participate by investing in the best of our future artists.

    • Wow…lots of fantastic ideas Maggie. Thank you so much for your input. I totally agree that when we are viewing graffiti we love it seems like a great idea but NOT all graffiti is great. A fence near my Ma’s house is always being tagged and filled with ugly graffiti which must drive the owners bonkers. I loved hearing from you ~ Lakshmi x

  3. It’s a shame these aren’t in Africa. You could have submitted them to CNN (they are running a spotlight on African street art).

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