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I've always kind of loved graffiti. I remember sitting at railroad crossings as a kid, seeing all the graffiti on the train cars, just wondering who put all that there. I wondered where they were from, why the painted what they did. Some where crude scribbles, but some where truly amazing.
The amazing ones always baffled me. Why would someone with so much talent, choose to put their art on train cars? Why were they not getting paid to paint murals, or putting their art on canvases and hanging them in galleries? Was it because they would be sharing it with people all over the country? Was it because they didn't have any where else to put it? Or were they simply talented hooligans defacing someone else's property?
So many questions.
And while I'm sure Union Pacific doesn't appreciate the graffiti on train cars, I never really cared, and sometimes enjoyed it. But not all graffiti is created equal.
While we were in Italy earlier this year, I was shocked by how much graffiti there was EVERYWHERE. Not only was it on walls near train stations (expected) but it was also all over the walls of the Colosseum and ON the art in the Duomo. It was appalling to say the least.
What kind of miscreant thinks " oh, here is a priceless work of art, let's take this sharpie and write Jeff was here"?
There was recently an article about a Chinese tourist who carved "Ding Jinhao was here" into an ancient Egyptian Temple.
While this is shocking and terrible. I was actually wondering why it was news seeings how nearly every ancient thing we've seen...pretty much anywhere has had something similar scrawled onto it.
This picture above is in the stairway in the Duomo in Florence. Sorry it's blurry. We were in a line of people walking up and there was no time to stop. But, the walls were filled with this! It was so frustrating. When you get to the top, there are names carved into the marble, and under the dome, the walls and ceilings are painted beautifully, but the walls are covered with plexi glass because people were drawing on them.
Why are people set on destroying beautiful things? I so wish we could invest some money to restore all the damage done, and start with a clean slate. The sad thing is, I know that day one, there's going to be some jerk that wants to leave his mark on some priceless work of art, as if having his name on it makes it more special now.
If you're reading this blog, you're probably not one of those people, but if you are, stop it! I know it's a bit of a double standard to say, "well this kind of graffiti is ok, but this kind isn't' But, I think the line is pretty clear on what's ok and what isn't.
And on the note of what is ok, if you have pictures of awesome/funny graffiti, share it with us. Some graffiti makes political statements, beautifies dilapidated buildings, or are fun ways to spruce up street signs.
As the world get's more crowded and more developed, there are fewer and fewer buildings that are built with beauty in mind instead of utility.
Let's all do our part to preserve the pretty ones as long as we can.
What do you think? Is all graffiti created equal?
Oh, and on an unrelated note...Christmas is in a few days!! Woot! I hope you all are having an amazing and happy week. If you're traveling, stay safe!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz