Freitag, 13. März 2009

*Graffiti*

Germany is covered in graffiti, which may seem shockingly disrespectful to newly-arrived Americans who are still marveling at buildings that have been around longer than the Declaration of Independence.







I still don't understand why no one tries to get rid of it or at least cover it up (this, along with litter, especially seems to be a problem in East Germany--which is obviously not an official place anymore), but graffiti has slowly faded into the background so I hardly notice it anymore.





Kommentare:

The Antiques Diva™ hat gesagt…

I've lived in Europe almost a decade and graffiti across Europe seems to be worse than it is in America. But moving to Berlin has been a bit of a shock to my visual senses. Graffiti is everywhere -- it was even inside the building on the stairwell of an over-priced apartment we looked at on Kollwitzplatz. I've never seen anything like the graffiti in Berlin and I'm having a bit of a hard time getting use to it.

Interestingly, last week I met with a gallery owner here in Berlin for my business. In the course of the conversation she started referring to the "free art" she contributes to the city... "Free Art? I asked... what's that?" It turns out the artist was proud that she is also a graffiti artist contributing to the "real life scene" on the streets of Berlin. I was speechless, but found it to be an interesting cultural exchange!! Somehow I always imagined hoodlum's painting the graffiti - not a 40 something, Mercedes-driving, east side gallery owning, mother of 3 to be marking up my neighborhood!

theriddle hat gesagt…

Every time I go to Leipzig the graffiti stands out. It is so ugly. My German father in law informed me that in Salt Lake City their is a law that the OWNER of the property has 24 hours to remove all signs of spray paint/graffiti.

theriddle hat gesagt…

which is why thier is very little spray paint in SLC. I wish Germany/Europe had the same law.

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