Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Writing on the Wall - Part II

This continues from yesterday's post of quotes and pictures from street artist Banksy

Of course, a lot of places are blighted by 'tagging' and hideous, pointless or offensive graffiti - but must we tar it all with the same brush?

Some interesting points were raised yesterday: Raining Acorns mentioned the windows of New York subway trains being obliterated with paint so you can't see which station you're at, but also directed me to her co-blogger Carol-Ann's marvelous post about a local street-painting festival - check it out.

Meanwhile Dave, who has laboured long and hard over The Great Wall of Norfolk called us to reflect upon the pride of the wall-owner, the love of a good, clean wall.

But I still think not every wall deserves to be revered.  Bottom right, for example, is the uniformly horrible concrete wall around the Palestinian territories of the West Bank. Whatever your political views, this picture is poignant and well-exercised. It makes you 'think about stuff' - which I suppose is the purpose of art (although a real artist would phrase that better!).  

Incidentally, I don't know what the words next to it say, but don't they detract from the effect?

Meanwhile, I stumbled across this post on Don't Panic RTFM blog  about London's Hackney Road animal graffiti, an example of which is on the left. 

Anyway...  this brings me back to the patio, and what to do with my side of my neighbour's 4 metre erection... which I'll come back to when ... or rather IF it is ever completed!



  1. Your neighbour's 4 metre erection sounds as if it should be in a porn film.

  2. Dave - I knew someone would rise to that one!

  3. I think your neighbour already has.

  4. Yes, I see what you're saying: the issue just isn't simple. And you got me for sure to think differently about this with the art on the West Bank wall. (I agree, the words detract, or at least are unnecessary. The image says it all. Heart-rending.) Occurs to me over here in the US we've got some border walls that could use a similar treatment . . .