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Wash Me

by Bunk X ( 103 Comments › )
Filed under Art, Brazil, Environmentalism, Free Speech, Humor, OOT, Open thread, World at October 5th, 2011 - 11:00 pm

Graffiti is illegal because it’s vandalism of private property. Reverse graffiti is selective cleaning, and everyone who ever wrote “WASH ME” on a dirty car has done it. Some folks have taken it a step further.

Alexandre Orion – Skulls in Sao Paolo
Hailing from Brazil, Alexandre sees his art work as a way of getting an environmental message across to those who ordinarily wouldn’t listen.

From the Utoobage description:

“Eventually, the authorities showed up and tried to determine what course of action they should take. They realized that they couldnt charge Orion with a crime, since he technically wasnt doing anything illegal. They subsequently made the decision to erase his masterpiece of a mural and clean that side of the tunnel. When Orion continued on the opposing side, city officials cleaned the entire tunnel, and every other tunnel in São Paulo. I think Orion got his point across.”

Sure, he’s got an environmentalist mindset, but you gotta admire the way he does something about it. He creates non-permanent public art that stands on its own until the city maintenance department does the job they’re paid to do.

And now it’s time for some washable internest graffiti on
The Overnight Open Thread.