Recycling street art

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Recycling street art

Post by TonyC »

Anger today at the repeated removal of political graffiti from walls in Cairo, but I was struck by the comments at the end of the piece on Ahram Online from a supporter of street art... costume designer Maya Gowaily

"The idea of graffiti is that it is continuous, you repaint a wall once, twice, thrice," said Gowaily, adding that the removal is beneficial to the graffiti artists since it gives them another chance to paint.

"Walls become recycled canvases, otherwise there would be no walls to paint on eventually," Gowaily told Ahram Online.

Indeed, hours after the removal of the images, artists painted a new mural: a head sticking out its tongue, surrounded by words reading "erase more, cowardly regime."

That picture is at the top of the report: ... revol.aspx

We've got some terrific graffiti-style street art in Luxor at the moment, celebrating the film festival, on hoardings close to the Sonesta and Nile Palace hotels. But I suppose that will be painted over after this week.

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