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Street art as advertising

By johnboy - 20 April 2007 8

Once upon a time the alleyway off Fat Bottom Bunda Street next to Blades was adorned by a large piece of wordy graffiti which showed a mangled version of Jim Morrison’s line from An American Prayer.

“Do you know we are being led to slaughters by placid admirals

& that fat slow generals are getting obscene on young blood

It was up so long it should have been heritage listed but it smacked a little too much of free (if not original) thinking so it had to go and be replaced by something.

In the wake of this week’s controversies surrounding the destruction of public art by the Liberal MLA Steve Pratt simply because he doesn’t like it I thought this one was worth a look at.

I really admire the way it sends such a clear message of “Want to get girls? Better dress sharp!”. Blades wouldn’t have been allowed to put up a billboard this size but they’ve actually got some very powerful advertising going here.

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8 Responses to
Street art as advertising
Genie 9:58 pm 21 Apr 07

I wonder what the reaction would be if the painting was of Elle/Kylie/Paris displaying their lingerie products?

Go to LA – Opposite the Chinese theatre/hollywood walk of fame etc – the whole side of a building – Elle in lingerie.

And it seems the Poms are following in our Pollies footsteps. A graffiti clean up crew painted over a piece of graffiti art – depicting the stars from Pulp Fiction holding Banana’s instead of guns – the artwork was estimated to be worth more than $700k’s

I-filed 11:12 am 21 Apr 07

Xman you forgot the S that was added to Prout circa 1978…in green spray paint of course…

cranky 8:34 pm 20 Apr 07

I wonder what the reaction would be if the painting was of Elle/Kylie/Paris displaying their lingerie products?

emd 8:20 pm 20 Apr 07

If it’s his wall, surely he’s legally allowed to have whatever he likes painted on it?

JD114 3:14 pm 20 Apr 07

Ah it may have perished in our world but it lives on in glorious infamy in cyberspace:

http://www.mycanberra.com.au/Graffiti2.HTM

johnboy 2:46 pm 20 Apr 07
xman 2:41 pm 20 Apr 07

So “Prout’s Ideology is Humanity’s Panacea” is also gone?

jacross 1:52 pm 20 Apr 07

Having a motorcycle up until just recently I am very familiar with that piece of art and the surrounding art on other walls (motorcycle parking is up that alley). I have to say I really like it but even if I didn’t I wouldn’t be stupid enough to go ‘stupid graffiti whinge whinge whinge’. Surely even the authoritarian anti-liberal Steve Pratt wouldn’t dare to breach the sacred cow that is private property. Then again as a Liberal myself, Steve has been nothing but a complete embarrasment during his tenure in the Legislative Assembly, I wouldn’t put that kind of stooge stunt past him.

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