Martin on Cnicht

Martin on Cnicht

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Graffiti from the Southern Half (2)

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Thanks for the encouragement, Conrad. Here’s another piece of graffiti from the same shed wall. The two images are shown in context below, on what is a typical artists’ ‘canvas’ in Valparaiso.

I’ve also started an online album – here, as the images, especially the first one (Sue’s more vibrant version is included), are better viewed at higher resolution on a full screen. You can of course also click on them here to enlarge.

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The cables above the beautifully cobbled street are for the trolley buses that operate on a fixed circular route around the town. I’ll show you some later if you like.

2 comments:

Sir Hugh said...

I'm all in favour of brightening up run-down buildings and infrastructure in poor urban locations, especially with that kind of quality with non-political themes (art for art's sake). It is hard to believe that such works were done subversively in view of the amount of time they must have taken. Deciding which locations would qualify is of course subjective, and there lies the problem. I wouldn't want to see such things on well designed architectural buildings, or on rustic vernacular structures such as timber framed barns and the like.

Phreerunner said...

Graffiti in Valparaiso is illegal unless the owner of the property has given permission, so I think we can assume that the owner of this shed is ok with his wall being used as a canvas.

Some of the graffiti is of the inane genre, but in my opinion there's lots to admire, and it brings to life some of the run down property in a town struggling with an ongoing battle against the elements (frequent devastating earthquakes) that make proper renovations long and costly projects that the town can only afford over a very long period.