This is recent paint job on a truck in our neighborhood. I love it! Before this, like any small truck parked on the street, it was always tagged. This was especially inane, because this truck is used by a small non-profit, Urban Furniture, to collect donations for a store hiring single parents and folks trying to get on their feet. “Educate. Employ. Empower” is their motto. The truck mural says “Make a Difference.”
So we’re all happy the owners hired an artist to fill the space. (I will post artist’s name as soon as I can find it….). Sadly, taggers are getting more aggressive here, inching back over murals painted by even school kids, and other graffiti artists. Is seems no space is sacred here.
I agree with some public art manifestos I’ve seen, how our urban spaces shouldn’t only be the providence of paid corporate dynasties.
“The people who run our cities don’t understand graffiti because they think nothing has the right to exist unless it makes a profit…. The people who truly deface our neighborhoods are the companies that scrawl giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff…. Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours, it belongs to you. It’s yours to take, rearrange and reuse. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head….”
This all sits well for the true artists out there- with a talent to provoke, evoke, edify,
beautify, or writers with something to say.
But taggers?-just one selfish person writing their boring personal insignia? *yawn*
To Banksy’s & Eddie’s public art manifestos, I would add that, alongside art, it is also our public right to see some space that is corporate label and tagger free. But imagery, art, murals… different story: we need art everywhere. There is a move to incorporate taggers in mural creation around Oakland. I will be featuring some of these murals around town in my “Inspired in Oakland” posts.
Yes taggers, put yourselves in the public debate; make some art.
Hooded you move after dusk
leaving your name so much trash
painted, sprayed, scrawled dark,
initials, misspells, neon…smiley faces..??
Now you are just another fugly splotch self-
serving like fox, exxon, clear channel, BP- so
hooded we follow in every color
erasing your face by dawn.
Prompt: Poems- 52:365. Mindful Writing.
What do you think?
What is the debate on public art in your neighborhood?