Stories you may have missed from the Erie Reader archive. This week: Bencher's Union and "legal graffiti."
There sure has been a lot of talk about both legal and illegal graffiti in this city lately.
While we can all probably agree that illegal graffiti is, well, illegal, much of the talk has been centered around legal graffiti that was painted around Logistics Plus's building on 14th and Peach streets, as well as in front of and behind Raven Sound, and the EMTA's building on French.
"We need to look at what message we want to send when visitors come to our city," Horan-Kunco told Last. "If you come to
Perhaps some of the misgivings center on exactly "what it is." Graffiti can be a very alien art form to a lot of people, especially those who have not had the opportunity to live in a true urban environment where it is ubiquitous. Some folks think it's all one big gang sign. Other people struggle to recognize any semblance of an alphabet contained therein.
However, we think it's art; not only that, but it's art done right -- in cooperation with community organizations and for the benefit of that community.
But don't take our word for it -- take writer Matt Flowers' word for it. He was there just over a year ago, reporting for the Erie Reader on something called the "Bencher's
So if you're still in doubt as to exactly "what it is," listen to what Flowers has to say about B-Boys, barren walls, and some cat named Suga Bear.
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