Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The REAL Angels and Demons

The Gods of Fashion vs. Graffiti Vandals

I started out on a morning walk today. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and it was just an all around lovely morning. As I turned the corner to admire one of my favorite window displays (you know, the kind where even during the summer sales there isn't an item under 600 Euro to be found) I was mortified to see how the block had been defiled. Right there next to Burberry, Prada, and Gucci sat a giant wall of graffiti.

Now Rome is no stranger to graffiti. In fact, the origins of the practice point back to Ancient Rome and Pompeii, where inscriptions have been found on many of the ancient ruins. In Ancient times, it would have been easy to discern what kind of message the graffiti was there to impart. Today, it seems to me that it is just plain senseless.

Surely some will argue that it is a form of art, it goes deeper than writing on walls, and so on. No matter what it stands for, I see it as nothing more than vandalism. ESPECIALLY in such close proximity to Gucci. Shame on them!


Alex Roe said...

Ah Italian graffiti. It's everywhere, and it's generally horrible, even of the 'creative' types responsible like the think of themselves as 'writers'. This seems to give them carte blanche to scribble their blasted signatures everywhere and anywhere. Such a mess.

When I first came to Milan, many moons ago, to things struck me - on was dog poo on the side walks, the other was all the graffiti.

In Milan, war has been waged against this vandalism, and quite successfully too. Hope the Romans are doing the same.

All the best,

Alex - Blog from Italy

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