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I was in the city today, and as came home I saw some stunning graffiti by the tunnels. They were beautiful tags, declarations of love and other artistic designs, including random faces and the like.
As I was looking at it, it suddenly hit me how beautiful it is. It's a wonderful alternative to the bleak greys and browns we all usually see, and it gives the area some personalisation, some community soul. I've seen similar artworks in other places, on the sides of buildings and that, but unfortunatly it's washed away.
Some people prefer blank, fugly walls, or consider the act defacement. I think that, although as the property owners they have a right to act as they do, but it still seems wrong to ruin someone's efforts so in the end, the wall is nothing yet again.
The police sometimes step in at night and stop these artists too, and again it doesn't seem right. How can we really say we prefer blankness or a smattering of posters over actual art that reaches us? Tags, those shitty man-claiming-territory scrawlings should go, for sure. But works should stay. I think governments around the world should ease up on this a bit, or even consider hiring artists for city projects (possibly even consulting bussiness owners for thier involvement) to show that their cities are indeed lived in.
Train stations and tunnels would look brilliant with some colour, provided they were skillfully done and not distracting to drivers. What do you all think?
Oh and in Melbourne, we have Hosier Lane, one place in the city where graffiti is legal, it's wonderful to walk around there.