What did that bear ever do to you?

http://vancouver.metblogs.com/archives/images/2006/08/Grafiti2-thumb.jpegI had to look twice just to make sure the effect wasn’t intended by the original artist.

Yup. Some vandal has definitely tagged the country-style spirit bear at the corner of Smythe and Burrard outside the Paramount Theatre.

Graffiti has been part of the urban scene since before Rome’s most famous citizen scrawled “Julius wuz here” on beachfront property in England. It will always be with us.

Actually, some of it, I don’t mind; on back alleys, overpasses and underneath bridges, people with too much time on their hands can go ahead and stake out as much turf as they like. Some of the art is even appealing.

I don’t even like this particular spirit bear all that much (It just looks, well… stupid). But it hardly seems fair for one self-styled underground artist to deface the artistic creation of another.

Isn’t there some kind of graffiti artist constitution that makes it beyond the pale to actually tag an existing piece of public art? To me, this kind of graffiti isn’t cool or counter-cultural. It’s just plain anti-social, in the most extreme definition of the term.

By the way, does anyone have a favorite piece of public art they’d like to mention? Mine is the War of the Worlds tripod things by English Bay beach.

2 Comments so far

  1. Matt (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 6:48 am

    Considering that I find the spirit bears an even greater eyesore than graffiti in most cases, I’m not shedding any tears over the incident.

    In my opinion, those things are no more art than a low rent housewife leaving her Beanie Baby collection scattered all over the living room floor when company comes over. I respect the artists who painted them, but can’t figure out why they would stoop to such a level.

  2. gusgreeper (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 11:42 am

    i had my photo taken with that bear. the horror.

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