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Monday, June 27, 2005

Shep takes it a step further

Howdy!

It's summertime, and the street artists are out once again. With a little luck, this project by Shep will end up similarly to that of Maclean's Art Sign project, 2001 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7). Or for the more dense out there, he doesn't get busted, he does get picked up by a gallery who wants to sell his work for scads of money, and everybody lives happily ever after.

The thing I find most weird about this project

Is the reactions other people have. One person I was talking to refused to park their car anywhere near one of these signs - just in case some parking police from the city was blind enough to actually think that someone in public works had in fact put the sign up. Another person I was talking to, also thought that the folk at public works had put them up.

In the course of one year, the general public seems to have switched their thinking from that of praising the city for being creative in their use of street markings, to accepting that the budget is so tight that the city can't afford anything better than some plywood and a really bad (in the kindest way possible) stencil.

C'mon people! Start using your brains...

Then, for those who prefer their street art in a more formal sense, we have this example to show you:

It's unsigned, so I don't know who is responsible, and I've been meaning to get a picture of it at night, because the white lines clearly mark the outline of a shadow cast by a light from a nearby building.

And lastly, if you know (or are) responsible for either one of these pieces of art (or know of any others here in town) please let me know, thanks!

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