Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Mexico prevents graffiti by encouraging it at Azteca stadium

The last time I was in Mexico City in 2006, Kathy and I visited the UNAM campus and witnessed first-hand the graffiti-scrawled outer walls of El Estadio Azteca, one of the largest sporting events stadia in the world. (Texans may know the massive 112,000-person arena best because the Dallas Cowboys frequently play preseason games there.)

Cleaning this massive stadium must be an incredibly big job, so I guess after forty years of scrubbing graff off the walls, officials figured, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" (or whatever the equivalent saying would be en Español). "A graffiti contest with the aim of ending vandalistic graffiti in the surroundings of the stadium was held in Mexico City recently.
The best 300 designs received got the chance to be done on the walls of the stadium."

That makes me want to go visit again! See a photo gallery of images from China View.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good stuff, Grits.

Oddly enough, I just got back from Mexico City. That city is covered. I've never seen anything like it.

Looks like the city has plenty of work ahead if it wants to keep the painting confined to certain areas.