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"weathered, multi-level graffiti"

Apropos of Mr. Gibson's latest blog entry, I thought you folks might enjoy this project I've been working on.

Graffiti Archaeology is a project devoted to the study of graffiti-covered walls as they change over time. The core of the project is a timelapse collage, made of photos of graffiti taken at the same location by many different photographers over a span of several years. Most of the photos were taken in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles over a timespan from the late 1990's to the present.

Using the grafarc explorer, you can visit some classic graffiti spots, see what they looked like in the past, and explore how they have changed over the years.


The "candle building" on the top of the list is just a few blocks away from the building where Gibson's photo was taken, also known as the Candy Factory.
 
i'm sure i read about this on the wired site a while ago.
 
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I like the Candle West metamorphosis but some of the other sites are too tag focussed for my liking. Better than most of the tags over here though.

Does anyone remember a short story where a guy invents an anti-graffiti paint that removes any other paints from its surface? When he unveils it on a building, the graffiti artists had got there before him and painted designs in his own paint, so the graffiti cleaned the anti-graffiti paint off itself.
 
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What a great idea though, and a wonderfully fun site, definitely be showing that one to my Jr. High Art Students!
 
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Originally posted by Kradlum:

Does anyone remember a short story where a guy invents an anti-graffiti paint that removes any other paints from its surface? When he unveils it on a building, the graffiti artists had got there before him and painted designs in his own paint, so the graffiti cleaned the anti-graffiti paint off itself.


the closest i can think of is ATP - the lucky dragon had graphitti eating programming, until someone hacked it with some hard core tags.
 
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Interesting! I'd love to read that story, if anyone remembers who wrote it.

Reminds me a bit of a UK-based artist named Moose, who used old socks and a bucket of water to write his name by selectively cleaning the soot off of certain bits of tunnel walls.

Re: "tags" vs. "street art"-- I do have my own preferences, but I generally try to stay out of the esthetic discussions and just document whatever happens on the walls. Get nine street artists together, and you'll hear at least ten different opinions. :-)
 
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Whoops! Yes, that did happen in All Tomorrow's Parties, didn't it! Can't believe that slipped my mind, I only read that one a month ago. I think the graffiti being cleaned was itself some kind of smart nanopaint that crawled around crab-like on the wall's surface. Nice image.
 
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