Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Street Art

On my flight home from Paris, I watched a documentary on street art by Banksy, the street artist known for reshaping the crime of vandalism into a constructive form of expression.
I'm often inspired by graffiti and guerrilla street art, the Charging Bull on bowling green being one of the most inspirational pieces that I've seen.
I'll admit that I've caught myself taking pictures of pieces that I find visually appealing or thought provoking. Heck, it doesn't even need to be either for me to take a photo.
Case in point, the sign in front of the London Drugs by my house, which often serves as a canvas for young (and misguided) artists.
Is it art? or vandalism? I don't know at precisely what point the distinction is made, but I'll say that the douchebag who carved "Mohammed" into my freshly poured walkway could use some art lessons.

And a severe vandalism fine.


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