Monday, December 22, 2008

The Skin of a City

While the street art of Amsterdam is characterized by clean design and an attention to detail, the graffiti in Barcelona has a fierce urgency. Despite a year-long campaign to clean up the city, graffiti is everywhere - on public and private buildings, on the walls of churches, in schoolyards, on banks and parkbenches, and on the exterior walls of private homes. The work is completely varied, but if there is any abiding theme it is "resistence." The residents of Barcelona are resisting just about everything you can think of - the government, the King, the church, America, the European Union, consumerism, the price of housing, and most of all, anonymity.

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