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Graffiti and Art

by lynjo (follow)
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Eye art work

I can't help but be fascinated by street art that I find in all sorts of places. I can see it when travelling by train. Walls and buildings along the train track seem to be ripe places for this kind of street art. Trains themselves can also be the site of this,although it is not too common to see this as it's often scrubbed away.

I enjoy wandering city lane ways to find sites where street art is highly valued and appreciated. I enjoy looking at the street art of Banksy and reading the theories about who he is. The wisdom and insightfulness that comes through some of his images is often very meaningful to me.

I can find this art work almost anywhere. It's just a matter of looking. This one was in the banks of the Todd River in Alice Springs. The river is very rarely flowing with water and the river is often used as a walk way. For the local Aboriginal people it's a spiritual place. They gather and connect with each other in the rich soil.

There's much debate of course about whether these images should be defined as art. They are seen by some people as defacing buildings and walls and the artists worthy of punishment. This is particularly when the work is tags and words rather than images.

For me the street art that is everywhere is a way of messaging, a way for people to reach out to others, to share their skill or their ideas. I think it adds to the vibrancy of the built environment. Of course I'm not a property owner who has found this work on their treasured building or fences. I might feel a bit differently then I guess.

The sense I always get when I see street art is the sense of connection. I know that someone has been there before me. I know they have had a message that they have wanted to share. I may or may not understand the message. I know that humans have been doing this for centuries so it's not just our society that does this. This all reminds me of the bigger landscape of our humanness. That I am one tiny part of a bigger picture.

# Connection
# Street art
# Graffiti
# Messages
# Society
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