Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Urban Wall-Capers (Part 2)

I haven’t been able to follow up with photos of graffiti from the same location as featured in my Urban Wall-Capers (Part 1) post yet, but have found some other interesting public art elsewhere in my travels about town. Well that was a long-winded sentence wasn’t it? I realise sentences as a general rule require full stops, but I sometimes have an aversion to full stops. Full stops, minimalist by design and misleadingly innocent in their simplicity, yet the impact often confronting and abrupt. It’s about the timing, when to let go, when to end. Like a relationship going nowhere, drifting, with nothing left to say, procrastinating with a splattering of ambiguous commas only delays the inevitable, it’s over, finished, full stop. Oh. I got a little sidetracked. Just thank your lucky stars that I didn’t get started on semicolons.




The first two pieces I found in West End, at the entrance of the building that houses the ever-awesome Reverse Garbage Co-Op. The last photo was taken of a large-scale stencil mural in Paddington. The majority of the mural was obscured by a big shadow from the neighbouring building so much of it wasn’t clear in the original photo, so I cropped the clearest section of it. I was surprised to not find more graffiti style art in the West End area. Well, maybe not that surprised. Sadly, West End isn’t the ratbaggy and unique inner-city suburb it once was. It seems to be the way of many Brisbane inner-city areas now. Progress and development has bulldozed the character and charm out of them. ‘Tis now a never-ending skyline of cranes. BrisCrane. Ugh! I'm sure this phenomenon isn't unique to this city, but it still bugs me.

31 comments:

Helen said...

Awesome pics! Just such a lovely blog you have.

I am sooooo happy you decided to stick with Shadow Sunday!

Bobbi said...

That mural is so cool. I like the "Greed is the new black" tile and agree with the "Don't drink coke" one....my motto is DRINK DIET COKE!!!

Any Occasion Boutique said...

OH I love these!!! And there is nothing wrong with a long winded sentence :-)

amy said...

First of all, I love the graffitti art you came across. Second of all, how cool is the Reverse Garbage co-op. I love that idea. I'll have to do some research to find out if we have anything like that here.

Greyscale Territory said...

So much to say!

First ~ Love your ramblings on full stops and commas. Utterly brilliant! Would love you to try semi colons too! PLEASE!

Second~ The graffitti art is fascinating! Quite different styles altogether!

Third ~ Your comment about tall buildings and cranes ~ Have you ever noticed how there always seems to be a crane on top of some tall building? I am never sure why, especially when the building is already finished and lived in!

Fourth ~ Your comment about personality ~ I live in a semi-rural, semi-cosmopolitan, semi-touristy (summer) mountain area by Port Phillip Bay. If ever there is a place with multi-personalities verging on schizophrenic, it must be here! And I love going on a voyage of discovery for different profiles in different seasons and weathers!

Fifth ~ Most important ~ Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog!

Now its FULL STOP!

Greyscale Territory said...

OOOOps! Suddenly realised I called this art "graffitti"! Sorries! Still thinking of your other post! I guess this may be collectively called street art?

Sandra Ree said...

Is that Clint Eastwood? Very cool!
I love the "Greed Is The New Black!" and the "Blah Blah Blah". Who am I kidding? I love all the graffiti art!

The never-ending skyline of cranes scares me. There's been a few that have caused a panic here in the States by falling down.

And there's nothing wrong with a long-winded sentence T! I do it all the time! lol Nice to know I'm in good company! :D

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Are these tiles? Love them whatever they are - very fun and cheerful to look at!
Hope you enjoy that recipe - it is pretty delicious!
Karla & Karrie

Ali said...

I recognised those first two straight away ... then read on: "Oh, that's where I've seen them before!" I love the stencil art that can be found about the place, often hiding away...

Rosebud Collection said...

Not much graffiti art here..but not much here anyway. It is an interesting medium and has a lot to say..I find the prints very interesting on the walls/tiles. I like the Scottish Dancer..so these are stenciled on the tile..very interesting.

Sweet Repose said...

When I was a kid back in the 50's, there was a popular cowboy show called Rawhide, to which Clint Eastwood starred in. I sent away to his fan club for an autographed photo, to which I received and still have to this day (somewhere)Ahhh, back in the day such sweet innocence.
I tooo love 'greed, the new black', says it all doesn't it, as America sinks into new lows...but I look at it as a good thing, America needs to go on a diet, we've become too fat through the years and haven't been paying attention to the shadow government that is now more blatant and corrupt than ever.

I love the scene in the movie Independance Day, when the aliens nuke the White House...is there a message there???

And I for one, am famous for long comma'd sentences...and maybe a few dots...but, the semi-colon...what is that all about?!!!

Have a wonderful day girl...you crack me up and make my day;;;;;

sharon

PS...about the confusing post I wrote, to you gals down under on the big island, Marburger Farms, Texas has a HUGE flea market twice a year and a bunch of my blogger friends are down there right now whoopin' it up. They also have what is known as a Bloggers Ball, where everyone that has a blog congregates to finally meet in person. They dress up in crazy outfits and probably (ha) drink too much gin and Lone Star (Texas) beer. You can check out their antics on Chippys, Trash Talk or Garden Antiques Vintage...these girls are a hoot...now talk about long-winded...later;

High Desert Diva said...

Love that first paragraph!

Always interesting to see different styles of graffiti. The last photo is especially engaging...

Lisa B. said...

Love your comments on punctuation! I can totally relate:D

Great graffiti...I love "greed is the new black". Oh how true it is!!

Bascom Hogue said...

After seeing this post, I think I might change professons. I am going to move to big city to a big city and become a full time creator of wall capers. What happened to the graffitti artists of the 80s? Wait, are capers those green berry things that you eat? I love capers. Anyway, I look forward to more blog capers from Australia.

cybill said...

I love walking around town and spotting these, doing one of my own is on my to-do list. Now; what did you want to say about semicolons?

picciolo said...

I love the middle one, thanks for sharing your finds!
: )

please sir said...

Very cool - I love seeing this kind of art - interesting and inspiring!

Twinkle Star Art said...

LOve your art finds at reverse garbage Co-Op.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on semicolons one day. YOu always manage to make me laugh out loud ;D

annette said...

Hi Tracy, love it when you go on your photo jaunts, more exciting finds, thanks for sharing, love the blah, blah, blah!! And thanks for the english lesson, ah you always make me giggle :0) Know what you mean about the crane situation. We are getting a bridge built on the Bruce highway, not far from us, to go across quite a large river that only floods maybe twice a year enough to close the highway but they seem determined to spend an obscene amount of money on it. We pass it every day to and from school and at any given time there are between 6-8 cranes working - unbelievable!!! Have a great week, see you for sss. Annette x

Mary-Laure said...

Great murals, so original!

M.Kate said...

yep...thank god you are haven't started on the semi-colons or the rest haha..You had 25 links in your SSS..I believe it's the highest if I'm not wrong. The 'clan' has left my home...so much work and tons of fun too, we're taking a short break to Penang this weekend..so here I am hoping over for a quickie ;p
those wall capers photos are great, though I cant say the same for ours over here. Hope you are well, I am kinda out of SSS for now I am sure I can find something...wouldn't want to miss the SSS. HUGS!!

Janine said...

Now that's classy writing! Love it, makes me smile :) fullstop!!

Great pics too. Brisbane has GREAT wall art. Thanks for sharing it.

Gina said...

Love your thoughts on fullstops..I totally agree and often aim for one line sentences in my posts so I can leave 'em out!
Great art you're sharing here esp love the first one and it's splatters of colour..R has to do a 5 minute speech for school..she chose headlice..but I swayed her to do it on graffiti..so we're both learning about it's history and different styles..very interesting stuff.!! Gx

Ali said...

Hi, me again :)
Thought you might like to look at this graffiti site from Melbourne - if you haven't already seen it - the hippo is my favourite!
http://users.tpg.com.au/mervyn_v/two_moon_press.html

ForKeeps said...

I LOVE these! The pic at the very top is my fav!

Marilyn said...

I always love seeing these. The first one is really great!

Victoria said...

These are great! Love your eye, and your delightful way of writing and communicating!

Bec said...

Oh, I love a long meandering sentence. I think it sounds much more like the way we actually speak, so for me it gives more of a 'voice' to writing. And I'd love to hear your diatribe on the semi-colon; a much underused punctuation mark, in my opinion :P

Oh, and of course, some great stencil art there!!

please sir said...

These are great - love it!!!

littlebird said...

really love that last one!

littlebird said...

really love that last one!