Steve Portigal, Julie Norvaisas
Reviled or celebrated, graffiti is ubiquitous in even the least urban environments. With roots in the wall-scrawled slogans of ancient Greece, it is a physical yet ephemeral expression of the personality of a neighborhood. It allows us to see a colorful trail of inhabitants' interactions with public spaces. Graffiti (or street art, or urban art) has been displayed in (and arguably corrupted by) art exhibitions, influenced fashion and pop culture, and generated revenue for municipalities and the paint-removal industry alike. Of course, it's largely illegal. But it's everywhere, and we are grateful. Perhaps we are drawn to the element…
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