Sunday, June 21, 2009


Are murals a way to keep idle hands and evil minds occupied?

I've been to Bondi and seen the "murals" along the waterfront.  Some are reasonable to look at, but most display a serious lack of artistic talent.  The problem most of these "artists" have is that no one has ever told them that they are no good; that they are failures when it comes to daubing paint on a surface.

I'm a fan of old fashioned murals, like the one here (scroll down to the third photo).  It is well executed, and it has meaning to a wide range of people.  

And it's legal, which is a big help.


hidden said...

In reply to,
"no one has ever told them that they are no good"

While some vandals (especially the ones featured in your blog) are within the 'teen' age bracket, the ones which paint Bondi are usually older and have more life experience.

I'd think twice about telling an older vandal that he/she is "no good" as you might get a punch to the face.

Not Somebody Else's Problem said...

I almost bought a book about Banksy last year, because I think he has talent. I'm willing to give credit where it's due.

But I think most of what gets thrown up is junk. In retrospect, that's not very different to what's in most art galleries - there are some great works of art in the NSW gallery, and some atrocious trash.

Artists should try to be a little less precious.