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What do you think of street art? I am all for it. It appeals to me on many levels…it is unique, subversive, eye-opening, competitive, mysterious, political, and often beautiful. But as I heard a good 2-sided story on NPR a couple months back about the local arrest of Shepard Fairey I can certainly see both sides of the controversial art. Writers (that’s street (aren’t I cool?) for graffiti artists – you can find a great graffiti lingo dictionary here) are tremendous artists as are the practitioners of other street art. As I was listening to the Shepard Fairey story, Shepard was talking about how he has placed his Obey stickers on street surfaces all over the world. I now look for them wherever I go and am amused when I find one. But I get how annoying they might be if I were a property manager charged with keeping a property to a certain corporate level of present-ability.  what do you think of Street Art?
I recently came across another street artist – Posterchild – who is creating street art in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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I find his own words for why he does what he does compelling. –  “Authority over the visual landscapes of our cities has been placed out of reach to the very people who live in them. In my gentle way, I am simply connecting to my surroundings, and in this manner I also reclaim that which has been denied to me.
Posterchild Engages in other street art, but the FlyerFlowerbox installations are my favorite (for obvious reasons). I wonder what the guy who is charged with re-filling the box with flyers will do when he comes around and is faced with destroying this. I think a hidden camera would be quite interesting.
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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

3 Comments

  1. janet on June 3, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Oh how cool!

  2. Sprout on June 3, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    OK, you know I love, love love this! I so need to do this, but I rather imagine Worcester has outlawed newspaper boxes along with street vendors and buskers.

  3. Heather on June 3, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    What a neat idea! Love it!

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