Sunday, September 23, 2007

Moscow turns to invited graffiti to liven up Soviet era buildings

Here are some folks who've taken the idea of "invited" graffiti to its logical extreme. Via Russia Today, with permission from government authorities, Moscow residents have turned to graffiti artists to liven up dull, Soviet-era buildings. Is that one of the coolest pieces of graff you've ever seen, or what?

As you drive around town the next few days, look around to identify spots with blank walls or other public spaces that might be put to better, more artistic use - ask yourself whether you'd rather see something like this there instead?


Anonymous said...

Inspired work, the prespective is perfect for someone looking up from the street.

Anyone that sees this art can have a feel good moment. That is priceless!

It would be wonderful to find such talent in anyone's hometown!

Gritsforbreakfast said...

That's what I think. And the fact that it's painted on old Soviet-era architecture, which as you may know is horrendous, means they're transforming some truly wretched buildings into a nicer public space. I loved that image. The graff artist actually came with a crew from the Netherlands, wasn't local talent. But why not develop it if the kids are tagging anyway?

Anonymous said...

So, when is a mural not a mural?

Gritsforbreakfast said...

To me there's just one difference between a mural and quality graffiti: Permission.