Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WASH ME!!!!



Whadda concept. Reverse graffiti uses grimy urban surfaces as canvasses—creating art by washing images and words onto soot-covered tunnels and filthy walls. 

Authorities are not quite sure what to make of this—can you arrest someone for cleaning the city?  When Brazilian artist Alexandre Orion created a mural of skulls in a Sao Paolo tunnel to remind drivers of the environmental impact of car emissions, authorities responded by cleaning the wall.  Orion then clean-graffitied the other side.  And according to inhabit.com, the authorities responded by cleaning every tunnel in Sao Paolo.

Reverse graffiti. What do you think?   

6 comments:

  1. This is brilliant.  I, too, have wanted to draw something on the wall of the tunnel going to the zoo.  It's like a black canvas.  I wondered how to do it without getting squashed by a SUV, but since stick figures are all I have in my repertoire, I might be able to scratch out a caveman scene.

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  2. I'll come with you, Barb!
    (Police broadcast) "Women headed into 217 tunnel with buckets of soapy water and sponges.  Loks like the formation of a splash mob!"

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  3. We must remember the Berlin Wall which may have been the prototype.

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  4. I guess it was good to clean all the tunnels, but why erase actual art?

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  5. That's awesome! Anything to make a city even a little cleaner and add some creativity!

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