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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I Heart Street Art: Valencia Trip

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 11:59 AM

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 A couple weeks ago I was walking around Valencia, Spain, looking for

street art, when I came across an ancient Roman bridge with graffiti all

over it.  First it struck me as offensive, like who would dare deface something so old and hallowed?  But then I started thinking about the epicness of it. It's a juxtaposition we'll just never see here in the new world -- contemporary street art on a thousand-year-old structure. Moreover, it's everlasting vs. everlasting! Everlasting Roman ingenuity, and the everlasting tenacity of paint-can-wielding vandals. Epic!

Valencia's got loads more to like as well. High-concept arty stuff like this:

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Great tags (such confident lines!):
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A boring wall improved with a line and some dots:
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A boring wall improved with a mess of lines and a spiral:
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Complex, slightly disturbing paintings:
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Simple, highly disturbing cartoons:
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Fun with colors:
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And a wee bit of cute broken English (or is it?):
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Next week: BARCELONA!

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