Skip to content

But Really Though: Why Was This Wall Buffed?

May 22, 2014

10268928_1553268318233088_1479740606_n10246211_738355729519051_2127840468_nProcessed with VSCOcam with e2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with e2 preset

A few weeks ago, a wall next to the El on Front street in Fishtown was worked on by a group of super talented graffiti writers. The guys were out working on the wall for hours. In full daylight. Presumably with the permission of the garage owner next door. (In fact, I really can’t see how these guys could have worked on this wall for as long as they did without the permission of the wall’s owner. It’s possible, yes, but really unlikely, in my opinion.)

Then, less than 5 days after it was put up, the wall was buffed… But why?

The wall was fucking BEAUTIFUL. I honestly wish I had taken more photos of it when I happened to see it. And as I say, it was put up in the middle of the day, under no secrecy, so I have to assume the owner of the building was more than cool with it.

I don’t know, it just seems unlikely that the owner asked for it to be buffed. But, if that was the case, so be it… On the other hand, if the city just randomly buffed this wall, then that’s something else entirely.

One commenter on Instagram mentioned that whether or not the building’s owner gave their permission, that a piece of this size would need a permit. Does anyone know if that’s true?

Whatever the case may be, I was really sad to see all this fantastic work go.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2014 7:18 am

    Why is it that The Mural Arts can put up some really bad art and something like this gets buffed?

  2. Victoria permalink
    June 12, 2014 9:44 am

    I believe the same artist was doing work on another building side in Kensington on Hagert between Coral and Emerald. I was walking home from the el in the afternoon and he was just finishing up. The wall was incredible and looked pretty similar to this one you posted. Unfortunately this wall was also covered over. That permit stuff is bullshit.

    • mgeno permalink
      June 19, 2014 8:31 am

      I also saw this, but noticed actual “crap” graffiti along the viking mills building which was adjoined to that, pop up after. I know the wall gets hit a lot and the owners of the mural’d wall seem to stay on top of graffiti well. I know the group painted it all saturday afternoon when the business was closed. I don’t believe they asked for permission. It was very beautiful, but the crap graffiti that followed around it, was not.

Trackbacks

  1. The Case for Graffiti Pier | Streets Dept
  2. Streets Dept’s Top Posts of 2014 | Streets Dept

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: