The middle road
You see “them” everywhere. Some neighborhoods are “their” favorite, but there is no discrimination. “They” hang out in all of them.
Each one is so different and unique, but all share the same name: Graffiti or Murals. Some are good, and some are not. Undoubtedly, they are part of the distinctive character of this city, but… illegal. Two-three only spots in the city allow them to decorate their walls.
Any middle road, city authorities? We understand that some graffiti or murals are not beautiful, but a big majority are great pieces of art, in the street “galleries”, free to all “visitors.” The city owes them part of its beauty. You know that… We do understand that the walls are private property, and they shouldn’t be ruined, but some graffiti and murals are amazing pieces of art and make the city more beautiful and attractive, to visitors and the New Yorkers.
Any middle road? Any contest to choose the best? Any structures-walls especially for graffiti and murals in every neighborhood or some neighborhoods, even with a small fee… and every few weeks or months new graffiti may take the place of the old ones on them?
When there’s a will, there’s a way. Why don’t you make this city the capital of graffiti and murals? That way, you would promote art and talented artists, you would make the city more beautiful and attract even more tourists from all over the world. You may also earn money from those beautiful pieces of art.
If you want to say that you love art, if you, New York, really love art, you cannot destroy your graffiti and murals, you cannot stop them from growing and inspiring all of us. They are part of you, one of the vital organs that give you oxygen, and make you the great city you are today!
We hope your officials and a good mayor who happen to appreciate art, cooperate and do something quickly. There are people out there who started to love art after seeing some of the best graffiti and murals in your neighborhoods. If that does not mean anything to you, do nothing. Many owe their beautiful journey in the art world to your graffiti and murals. If that does not say anything to you, do nothing.
Keep in mind though that little details make life worthwhile, and the gifts some people have been given to color our quotidian days and lives are priceless, precious, highly valuable.
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One beautiful, sunny day in the High Line area of Manhattan. A huge mural raised quite high and seen by almost all visitors of that area. Life is beautiful!