Friday, March 25, 2016

Graffiti or vandalism: UP Diliman's walls

The wall of the University of the Philippines Diliman's wall along Katipunan Avenue had been a blank one. We had thought one time that it could be perfect for some graffiti or wall paintings. Previously, we did some wall art together with family and friends at an orphanage in Manila. This idea came out of a similar activity the Clairvoyant had with her office-mates as part of their company's team-building and corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. And true enough, the wall was subject to a painting project care of the organizers of Miss Earth.

In the past few years, however, the wall has seen a drastic transformation from what used to be pleasing art work to one that claims to be art in the form of what is claimed to be graffiti. I use the word "claim" because of what I think can be classified as art and what is plain rubbish.

Some people might call this art - not me
The stuff of night mares?
Are these'statements' that UP allows or tolerates? Their mere presence on its walls reflect upon the university. I would like to think that these walls could be used for better messages, more constructive work that can be shared to travelers along Katipunan/C-5. UP, after all, has a College of Fine Arts and other people with talent as well as social consciousness to come up with more appropriate images on these walls.
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1 comment:

Melisa Marzett said...

Greetings! In my opinion, graffiti is a street art, but it should not be legalized. Just suggest this situation: you wake up in the morning and one of you house's side is colorfully painted! What will be your reaction? I'm not sure that you'll be happy! For more details, click on http://bigessaywriter.com/blog/graffiti-wall-art-or-act-of-vandalism!