A high propencity of the keep left signs in my ‘hood have developed a personality or two, overnight. I’m going to chalk it up as Art. Others, I dare say would call it vandalism. I particularly like the way that it feels like these bollards were purpose built blank canvasses for these faces.
Beautification of the mundane is in the eye of the beholder. The fact that some people will be grumbling about what’s happened here at ‘face’ value makes it even more art like. To differentiate; I’m not a fan of mindless scrawling, I’m not really a fan of political graffiti, I’m certainly not a fan of the thingy loves thingy 4EVA, or worse still, the call 07*** for a *** type crap, but this form of mark – I like. Going by the fact that one of them has started to run with a bit of rain by the look of things, I’d guess the medium used, was non permanant (time will tell). If so – even more bravo, as transience adds to the mystique, the aloofness, the non permanence – all gives it even more artistic kudos.
All day these things have been reminding me of something – Gary Hirsch’s Bot Joy project. He painted a lot of these. He talks about them and collaboration in a hyper-watchable TEDX talk he did called “Meet Your Monster”. Enjoy;