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But it is still destruction in my opinion, except on temporary fences around construction sites. Without permission; always criminal. I also hate Mt. That guy defaced a natural mountainside to carve four presidential faces. Destruction, defacement, and carved graffiti on a large scale. In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where we volunteer every summer, park visitors have carved their names all over the historic cabins, churches, and other buildings.

High crime in my eyes.

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And i do believe that people should ask before they go and pain on their walls because I do know that a lot of people will only have certain things on their walls or anything else. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and engage with my opinions. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.

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In your opinion, is graffiti art, vandalism or both? Like this: Like Loading Previous Post A weekend of Edwardian elegance! Please leave a comment with your email address. I'll contact you. A mood of each musician interested me most. The rehearsal of Beethoven 9 was from 7 pm to 11 pm. I tried a "water brush" for the first time, because water was not allowed in the concert hall. Later I'll chat over the a pen. When I looked at her concentration, it was so favourable and beautiful. She paid attention to a conductor.

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Sunday, October 16, Australian Painted Lady, 4 footed butterfly. I'm enjoying taking photos of butterflies to paint them. Not easy to capture them by a camera. When I was sneak peaking after butterflies in a public cemetry, council cleaning ladies were looking after grasses on a ground. Maybe Detroit's most drop-dead gorgeous mural, Katie Craig's breathtaking waterfall of color against a sky-blue ground tumbles down story after story of a large building at the corner of East Grand Boulevard and Beaubien.

Craig, in her late 20s when the mural was dedicated in , connects the dots between graffiti art and the modernist tradition of color field painters like Morris Louis, Helen Frankenthaler and Jules Olitski. It's all about visual pleasure. Craig, a graduate of the College for Creative Studies who later studied at Cranbrook, earned the commission through a CCS program that links communities with public arts projects and funding support.

Grand Boulevard. Still under construction, the northern end of the Dequindre Cut remains a beneath-street-level forest of unauthorized graffiti, ranging from wildstyle tagging to profane doodles and slogans. But this piece by an artist who goes by the name of Feis will stop you cold: A shadowy figure, hiding amid the artist's signature lettering, wears a blue hooded sweatshirt and points a giant handgun right at you.

Drawing meaning and intensity from its location, the piece remains a disturbing reminder of the city's dangerous past and, for too many, its present reality. Dequindre Cut Greenway, St. Aubin and Gratiot. The husband-wife partnership of Steve and Dorata Coy is better known as Hygienic Dress League, a collective whose often monochromatic palette and favorite imagery such as people wearing gas masks make its work around town instantly recognizable.

The collective's two murals in the Dequindre Cut face each other on a stretch of the path at the southern end closer to the riverfront. One mural features a gas-masked figure holding a bird; the other includes five standing figures of uncertain costume and headgear. The earth tones of the walls blend into the natural setting.

What does it all mean mean? I don't know for sure, except there's surely an undercurrent of environmentalism at play. I'm more interested in the way the murals give off the uneasy vibe of ritual, making me feel like the subject of an experiment in which I didn't agree to participate. Dating back to , this badly damaged mural covers the side of an decaying abandoned building that once housed a drug rehabilitation center. Martin Luther King Jr. It was in its day a monument to black pride, but now, like so much of the surrounding neighborhood, speaks to failed dreams, the impact of institutional racism and the tragedy of modern Detroit.

At the end of the so-called Legends Wall along Newark behind the Michigan Central Station , the young Detroiter known as HelloMelo contributed this snazzy piece showing a piano player leaning against the artist's signature.

The musical theme is pure Detroit and the curvy keyboard may be winking at the famous bar at Baker's Keyboard Lounge as the keys fly into the abyss. Legends Wall, Newark, between Vernor and 20th. Presumably painted by the same Astro whose tag can be found all over the city, this unauthorized work, signed "Astro Boy 94," has a beguiling, apparition-like quality. At least to my eye it suggests an abstract car moving swiftly to the viewer's left.

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Anne, at Newark. I'm not at all sure what exactly the Mexico City-based Benitez is getting at in this imaginative, enigmatic piece, whose beautifully painted, gently stylized figures and symbols evoke some kind of cultural narrative and memory piece. But what are those two doodle-like heads doing on the left, including the science-fiction figure at the top? This is a work that stays in the mind long after you see it.

Cultural Garage, Livernois. Not yet 30, the Montreal-based Mastrocola is another artist who has transitioned from the graffiti world to more formal mural work and traditional painting on canvas in an abstract language. Of his two works in the Grand River Creative Corridor, this is the more impressive — soothing curvilinear shapes, rolling waves of color that let you relax in a sea or urban grit.

The piece also makes an interesting contrast with the similarly colored, but much less elegant mural on the building next door by the Detroit artist Elmer. Of the five murals the Dusselfdorf-based German-Austrian collective known as the Weird completed two years ago in Eastern Market, my favorite is this piece in the heart of the market. The cartoon figures are fun if a little dopey, but the piece makes its mark by the sly way it snakes around the south and east facades of Motor City Produce and the pleasing purple-and-teal palette.

Obsessive mark-making defines San Fransico-based Victor Reyes' mesmerizing black-and-white abstraction that tumbles across a large exposed wall in Hamtramck. Up close the piece reveals tight curves and angles crushed together, but from a distance the patterns coalesce into a monolith that the artist smartly allows to breathe with the negative black space in the bottom left and top right. At more than 6, square feet, this optimistic mural by the Australian-born artist Meggs David Hooke casts a large shadow over a barren stretch a little south of the Russell Industrial Center.

I find the tiger image and the words "Rise Up" a little cheesy, but Detroit can use all the cheerleading it can get, and it's hard not to be impressed by the size and execution of the mural; the fact that Los Angeles-based Meggs didn't paint over the unauthorized graffiti at the bottom of the piece is a welcome gesture of respect for local graffiti artists. Don't miss the many other unauthorized and authorized pieces elsewhere on the industrial structure, particularly the large collaborative work on the north facade.

Sometimes the biggest delights come in the smallest packages. Trumping the numerous large murals on a tiny stretch of Winder Street in Eastern Market is this modest-sized collaboration by Detroiter Glenn Barr and the Czech-born, Fla. Barr's young boy finds himself chained to Bask's shadowy demon, a metaphor perhaps for the dangers of the streets. The boy's defiant stance suggests he'll make it. Red Bull House of Art, Winder. Narcissism and an outlaw mentality run deep in the DNA of graffiti culture.

After all, signing your name to a building illegally under the cover of darkness is a pretty strong look-at-me gesture.

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But when does traditional graffiti tagging turn into art? This authorized piece by the New York-based artist Wen One seems to capture the moment of transformation. The flurry of purple wildstyle calligraphy morphs into three-dimensional abstraction.


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Letters, arrows and high-keyed color explode with energy and abandon. It's perfectly suited to the side of Ponyride, an incubator for creative entrepreneurs and artists. Ponyride, Vermont. The 10 floors of the downtown Z garage and the alley Belt that runs between its two wings offers a concentration of nearly 40 murals by some of the biggest names in the world of graffiti and street art, as well as some of Detroit's leading figures. The project represents a collaboration of developer and Quicken Loans founding chairman Dan Gilbert, who commissioned the artists through his Bedrock Real Estate Services, and the Library Street Collective, a gallery that selected the artists and curates the spaces.

The gallery, which backs up to the Belt, has partnered with Bedrock to bring other public murals downtown. The Z garage is located at Library Street. Enter the garage from Gratiot or Grand River; the alley runs between those streets. Best known for its farmers market that draws tens of thousands on peak Saturdays and a growing restaurant and retail trade, Eastern Market is also home to dozens of large-scale authorized murals — and a plethora of unauthorized graffiti.

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Coming attractions: "Murals in the Market" Sept. The Cut, an idyllic recreational path that connects the riverfront to Eastern Market, runs for more than a mile between Gratiot and Woodbridge, just west of St. The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, which manages the Cut, has commissioned a dozen Detroit artists to do murals on the concrete bridge supports and walls along the way; but the conservancy has also left many more examples of illegal graffiti undisturbed, allowing a sense of urban grit to remain.

Southwest Detroit — notably Mexicantown and the thoroughfares of Vernor, Springwells, Bagley and Livernois — has become a haven for street art, especially works rooted in Mexican culture. Eastern Market's Inner State Gallery has connected artists with businesses and property owners; and various neighborhood initiatives like the Southwest Urban Arts Mural Project and the Alley Project champion street art as a means of community and youth development.

One of the most photogenic concentrations of graffiti in Detroit can be found on a stretch of Newark between 20th Street and Vernor, behind the Michigan Central Station. The adjacent Arrow Chemical Products company grew so weary of trying to police and clean the unauthorized tagging of the concrete wall along Newark that company officials contacted Derek Weaver, who heads the Grand River Creative Corridor, a street art initiative.

Weaver obtained permission from the Canadian railroad company that owns the wall and organized a project in which the cream of local graffiti artists were invited to legally tag the wall.