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VHILS – Alexandre Farto

A Monalle I’m always on the look-out for apexes, you know, the places where things represent the peak, the pinnacle, the limit…

blah blah blahy…

I’m also always on the watch for minimalism, and great graffiti… People ask me, “What’s the Deal with the Graffiti at the Positive Thinking Playground?”

Well, I’ll tell ya, there are basically three kinds of graffiti in the world: Collective: That’s what happens when a whole group of people get together and agree something isn’t graffiti. For example, they make a parking lot where trees once grew, or they get together and carve a freeway through someone’s farm…

The Second kind of Graffiti is called Vandalism: It’s very similar to the first kind, but it doesn’t require a collective agreement. It’s just basically, a person or a group of people wrecking what the collective group did when they wrecked what mother nature did… Both these first two kinds don’t really merit much attention, but there’s a third kind of graffiti…

This third kind is called ‘Street Art’: and in many ways it’s one of the purest forms of art in the world today. You see, the artists are breaking the laws, that is, the collective doesn’t approve, and the artists often face very stiff penalties for their art.

Second, there’s really no way to effectively sell their work, in fact, many times, just admitting they did it is enough to get them thrown in jail… So they do their art purely for art’s sake, not profit…

Lastly, true street art is the opposite of vandalism or collective graffiti. While very few people would argue that a parking lot beautifies the forest, a single look at this wall, and what was once a cold impersonal barrier has been transformed into something… beautiful…

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