Thursday, May 29, 2008

Legalise it!

I have been sent this video from Parisa at Current.com.
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This video raises an important question, is graffiti vandalism or art? How can our perception of graffiti change based on the context where it is placed? Legalizing Graffiti in Washington DC has changed the situation 180 degrees in the last year, from spending $800,000 in 2007 to clean it up to spending $100,000 in 2008 to help graffiti artists produce murals. It is an attempt to give artists a legal way to display their art and also incorporate art into the cities public landscape. This is not only keeping kids out of trouble, but creating jobs and exposure for artists. This video explores the philosophies of a few of the key players who are revolutionizing the public's opinion of graffiti in Washington DC. It would really be a good thing if we also did something similar here in Malta.

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