Sunday, July 24, 2022

Graffiti in our town

On a building wall near the riverside path in Ann Arbor: a big graffiti.
I’ve been thinking about graffiti and street art —
surely this graffiti wasn’t sponsored by the owner of the wall.
To me that’s why it’s graffiti and not street art!

Along the path itself is a beautifully painted retaining wall. Street art!

This chalk graffiti was probably intended as temporary,
but it has not washed away.
On the topic of graffiti: a cartoon by the great Roz Chast.

photos © 2022 mae sander.


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Graffiti arrives unwanted, I think, and sometimes it's accepted and enjoyed and sometimes it is quickly vanquished.

I always wonder why so many trains have graffiti.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Like you, it's easy for me to tell the difference between graffiti and street art. I am NOT fond of graffiti and I hate when someone tags a beautiful mural.

I LOVE the cartoon by Roz Chast.

DVArtist said...

I agree, there is a difference between street art and graffiti.

Jeanie said...

Love the cartoon and the wall. The graffiti not so much. Makes me wonder what it is in the Life of Brian where the Romans make Brian paint "Romans go home" on the wall a hundred times because in his first try he gets the grammar wrong!

Sami said...

The retaining wall mural is quite pretty. Thanks for participating in Monday Murals Mae.

Iris Flavia said...

Yes, I thought, hey! That is stupid, ugly graffiti, no mural!
Glad I scrolled down ;-)

Tandy | Lavender and Lime ( said...

I like the idea of chalk graffiti. A good way to get kids outdoors.

Bertiebo said...

I like the wall AND I love the cartoon!

Sherry's Pickings said...

I agree that street art and graffiti are mostly different things. Street art is usually commissioned by the Council/owner while graffiti is basically vandalism (and often really bad art)!