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Green up the city!

Street art or graffiti has always been and always will be the guerilla kind of visual culture. One of my colleagues has recently posted about Banksy in her post ‘Banging your head against a brick wall’.

Today I would like to write about guerilla gardening, specifically about the technique Moss Graffiti.

I have seen posts and instructions how to make moss graffiti on several websites and blogs and was really impressed and inspired by this movement. Moss graffiti is basically the green version of regular graffiti – mixing moss with natural ingredients (here is a tutorial if you ever want to try this out) and painting this mixture on walls and other objects. The difference, apart from the obvious, is that this kind of graffiti needs to be watered – it is a living object!

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Most of the people are opposed to graffiti because in their opinion it is vandalism of public and private properties – but I believe that graffiti adds value to the character of a city and makes it unique in its own way. And moss graffiti is a great new approach to turn this much hated illegal guerilla art movement into something that is socially more accepted. Everybody is talking about eco-friendliness and sustainability – eco-friendly graffiti that green up cities? Nothing wrong with that!

Unfortunately I have not seen any moss graffiti in real life yet but I hope that these pieces of art will pop up everywhere soon.

Green up your cities!

GZM

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Banging Your Head Against A Brick Wall

The BBC speaks about Robin Banks, the Daily Mail says Robin Gunningham and according to the Guardian his real name is Robert Banks. Although, this British (street)artist is better known under the name ‘’Banksy’’. His artworks are often-satirical pieces of art on topics such as politics, culture, and ethics. His street art combines graffiti writing with a distinctive stencilling technique. Still don’t have a clue? The wall pieces can be found throughout Europe, the U.S. and Palestine (and all over the internet). Maybe you have been walking past it for a while…

Here’s some of the stuff he did:

  • He climbed into the penguin area in the London Zoo and wrote ‘’We are bored of Fish’’ on the wall.
  • In the Bristol Zoo he wrote a message in the elephant cage saying: ‘’I want out. This place it too cold, keeper smells. Boring, boring, boring.’’
  • He placed some of his artworks in museums in New York City such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the American Museum of Natural History in March 2005.
  • In August 2005 he painted nine pieces on the Palestinian side of the wall between Israel and the Palestinian areas, of which one was a painting where children are digging through the wall.
  • Christina Aguilera bought a piece worth £25,000 in 2006. It was a painting of Queen Victoria as a lesbian.
  • The highest price paid for one of Banksy’s artworks was a painting of the Mona Lisa with drops of paint dripping from her eyes. The total price of £57,600 was paid for this piece.
  • Bono and Damien Hirst organized a charity auction once that was called ‘’Keep it Spotless’’. The €1,100,000 raised was used to fight aids in Afrika.
  • Banksy published some books with pictures of his work in several countries. His first book was published in black and white and was called Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall. Furtermore, he published Existencilism, Cut it Out and Wall and Piece.

Below you can see some of his work and you can judge for yourself whether you think it is vandalism or art. I think the message he is trying to send is an important one and I would have no problem whatsoever with seeing these pieces on the walls of the city while I am on my way to school in the morning. Actually…. it gives me something to think about.

A.S.

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