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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Signs.and.a.rant

I.love.to.go.into.the.city.and.regular
readers.will.remember.I.have.featured.
urban.architecture.in.past.posts.

This.weekend.The.Cook.and.I.went.to.
a.live.show.and.because.of.the.late.hour.
we.stayed.in.the.city.

It.was.a.lovely.break.

HOWEVER....

isn't.there.always.at.least.one.'however'?!!

I.was.thinking.about.signs.
DO.NOT.........
NO.ENTRY....
KEEP.LEFT
and.other.imperatives..

(especially.ones.about.parking...but.I.am.going.to.fight.
the.$51.parking.ticket..another.story.LOL)

.And.the.advertising!
and.claims.to.ownership

'THIS.IS.MY.SHOP'

ARGH!...visual.noise.

But.Melbourne.is.also.one.of.the
world's.foremost.cities.for.graffiti.

Just.check.out.this.one.example....





Now.before.you.say...but.that.is.lovely...
not.like.that.'tagging'.

Well,..I.disagree...
tagging.is.usually.done.by.
disinfranchised.youth.who.
feel.the.need.to.make.their.mark...some.how.

I.personally.don't.consider.it.any.uglier.or
less.relevant.than.the
blaring.neon.signs.promoting.the.mindless
consumerism.of.a.capitalist.system.
gone.crazy!
Look.no.further.than.Times.Square.,
Piccadilly.Circus.,
or.Young.and.Jacksons.

Then.of.course.there.are.the.gentler
decorators.of.urban.landscapes.


Ah,..but.it.is.nice.to.be.back.in.the.bush.
I.am.off.outside.to.take.my.frustrations.
out.on.the.wood.heap!

10 comments:

  1. Cool blog, I found you by chance, and will be back, since I am also into gardening, foraging, cooking, and all that stuff.

    And my brother is a graffiti artist :-)

    ciao
    A.

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  2. PS
    and I live in the bush, but in New Zealand!

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  3. Yes, I know what you mean. I'm a country boy at heart too!
    Do you know of "Banksy", a graffiti artist who has become a famous celebrity here, and whose works are highly prized?

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  4. In our city we have a knit militia that puts knitting on everyone, poles, statues, etc. They have been doing for several years and adds a bit of interest. I just love the Palais in St Kilda. It brings back memories for me. In fact I have a montage of the building in my house to remind myself of it.
    Deb

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  5. I think catching sight of that guerilla crochet would've made my day! Love a good bit of graffiti art, not so keen on tagging but understand why it's around. St Kilda is special to me..it's where hubby and I used to go on...outings, lol!

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  6. I love the palais as well, such a melbourne icon! I love Melbourne alleys and the incredibly detailed graffiti, Banksy's art is great although it gets copied a lot. I'm not a tagger at all or any way inclined to be - but every time I see a smooth expanse of white or cream wall I do wonder how long it'll be before it is tagged. If only taggers were as creative as their graffiti colleagues. Love that crochet how cool is it! The glove does seem to be in the grip of a huge crafty movement, no doubt spurred on by the economic woes...

    And I hate parking inspectors. The way they lurk to catch you. And sneakily worded signs to be the most confusing possible! Awful!

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  7. You certainly do seem to have a better quality of graffiti in Melbourne than we do over here!

    I'm sick of all the 'signage' everywhere too. Too much!

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  8. I hadn't thought of graffiti like that, nor had I thought of official signage like that either... I do have to say though, our front fence was tagged once, and I was cranky. It's our fence, we take care of it, repair it, paint it, and for someone to just come along and damage our property without thinking twice, I'm really not okay with it.

    Having said that, the council are about to shave a few metres off the front of our nature strip so that people can park more easy, not really okay with that either!

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  9. A thought provoking post there Hazel!

    With street art there is a fine line indeed between 'art' and just plain 'vandalism'. But as you said all these 'signs' are just as offensive (and at time patronising).

    But as you said nice to be back in the bush, much more calm I bet ;)

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