This is hands down the best piece I have seen in Chicago over the last year and a half at least. I think that the debate about whether or not graffiti is art is pretty much over after seeing something like this. I’m not really going to say where it is, since it maybe replaced by a brown smudge thanks to Mayor Daley graffiti removal team. It’s unarguable that there’s a difference between a gangs throw-up and something like this. In England they are training graffiti removal crews to recognize Banksy’s pieces around the country. What’s the good in spraying an ugly brown smudge over a colorful burner like this? For instance, at the juncture of the Red and Brown Lines, in the heart of Wrigleyville just North of Belmont, there’s an apartment on the North side and an apartment on the South side of the street. On the North apartment, there’s a two-story wall painting for a certain casino in Milwaukee and on the South apartment there’s a wall that has been bombed almost weekly. It’s the perfect instance of some graffiti writers thought and basis for writing: is it more offensive to be constantly advertised at, in this case promoting a vice even, and does that allow, or even require, taking back space for non-corporate thought.
Thanks Brain and Nspyr for this splash of color in our community!