08 July 2007

Graffiti Art

Me, Mary, Debi and Laura decided that since today was going to be a 98 degree day with a heat index in the 100s, it would be a perfect day to go walk around downtown Ann Arbor. Brilliant, aren't we?

We hit Hollanders and Found and then decided lunch was a good idea. The walk took us past this alley and I felt like I hit the jackpot!

One of the art groups I belong to, The ATC Exchange, is doing its second chunky book swap in August and the theme is graffiti. I decided to bring my camera on our little excursion today in case we came across anything interesting and boy, am I ever glad I did.

There is a very long alley that looks like it had been painted with friendly children storybook type art. Well, let's just say its been added to. And while, yes, its sad that it got defaced, its pretty fascinating at how its grown and taken over one alley, extended back beyond that one to a second and then shot off onto a side alley as well.

There were three glass block windows toward the back that are now sporting their very own unique one-of-a-kind window treatments. Here is one of them.

Here is the alley that goes off to one side. Its really cool and I think I could have spent a couple hours there shooting pictures if I didn't feel like I was about to get heat stroke.

But by far the most interesting portion was this: the gum graffiti wall!

Have you ever wondered what to do with your gum when you get tired of chewing it? No problem, stick it on this wall and it turns into art. It was gross and cool all at the same time. If you click on the gum wall photo, it'll show you the full size and you can appreciate all its gooey grossness in full detail.

I took a couple more pictures and put them up on my Flickr page. I'd like to go back on a cooler day and spend some more time there. So much to see and its really cool to see what people can do with a can of spray paint.

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