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Friday, February 15, 2008

"Be Good to One Another"

This work by prolific graffiti creator Ed Boxx can be found down near the eastern terminus of Espenschied Street, by the former Carondelet Coke plant. Who can disagree with the message? Admittedly, few will see it but perhaps those who do need the instruction more than those who won't. Such work raises questions: What does one make of positive messages inscribed on private property not being used and not likely to be reused? This "graf" graces the side of a damaged box trailer on the old St. Louis Ship property, which no doubt will be scrapped if its owner ever does anything more than let it sit and rust. Why not let one person's scrap become another's momentary canvas?

1 comment:

Chris said...

Of course it's a crime with no victims on the side of a wall in an abandoned factory complex, but I seldom see most graffitists limiting their "art" to such places. The "me first" attitude displayed by so many members of society is perfectly encapsulated in the work of graffiti on private property. Likewise, most graffiti artists that have been caught have turned out to be spoiled rich kids from suburbia who see the inner city as a playground, and not a community where real people have to look at their crap.

I know I'm being all uptight and everything, but graffiti is the human equivalent of dogs urinating on fire hydrants.