The urban naturalist
Burnt-out buildings, dreary overpasses, the rust-stained walls of desolate parks, underground passageways, tunnels, cement walls, cracked sidewalks, boarded up shop windows, rail yards, the least loved and least visited subway terminals: all of these places collect the lively scripts of graffiti. Like hieroglyphic weeds the names of the artists call out in bright and surprising colors. On the darkest city blocks it may be the only color in sight. When the adults, the authorities and the city government have all abandon these places graffiti flourish and sing out defiant responses: This place is not forgotten, not by everyone. Not by me. I am still here. I live.
Graffiti are the glowing embers of civic energy, signs that in the gray places rebirth is still possible. Because it is not for money, but for glory, not for dollars but for the art that people risk arrest and, at their own expense, create public artworks that cover every unloved surface in the city.
Of course, anything in excess may become a nuisance. And a graffito would be a mere mural if there was not that constant battle between the unbridled creative energy of the people and the forces of law and order.
We can, at least, learn to see graffiti in a new light. Not as a tragedy of blight, but as a sign that life is still glimmering in the ashes of the burnt out regions of our wounded cities from which the civic spirit might yet rise again. (From The Urban Naturalist.)
|The Original Barnstar|
|Here's a barnstar to cheer you up. For all your excellent work. Keep it up!! Alun 06:25, 15 February 2007 (UTC)|
|The Society Barnstar|
|I think it's high time you got this, for starting WP:AFRO. Abeg92contribs 22:58, 23 March 2007 (UTC)|