Reverse It

31 01 2007

Cleaning up seems to be catching on. Reverse graffiti, the process of cleaning dirt, debris and soot from public tunnels and walls to create a new form a graffiti has really grabbed a strong foothold. The original brain-child of British graffiti artist known as Moose, others have been quick to grab their shoe brushes and cleaning supplies to create some work of their own.

Ridiculously, this city clean up is still considered a crime. I think it’s an interesting twist on the general public’s perception of graffiti and it certainly “reverses” all opposition to public displays of art. It’s refacing not defacing. How many times have we heard the graffiti opposition “We need to keep our city clean”? In this case, if you keep your city clean, you can avoid it. Some of these pieces wash away years and years of grime… to get rid of it, clean the rest of the surface.

Let’s get cleaning.

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