Should graffiti be preserved? Leipzig is wrestling with the answer

Leipzig’s view of graffiti as art. From Deutsche Welle.

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5 Responses to Should graffiti be preserved? Leipzig is wrestling with the answer

  1. lanceleuven says:

    I do think that certain pieces really manage capture something special and it would be a shame to see them disappear. Although how you decide which to keep and which to not is a different matter.

    It reminds me of this Banksy piece though:

    • suzykewct says:

      That is brilliant. I suppose it’s too much to hope that it was preserved? Reminds me of some recent headlines where “artworks” in a couple of museums were either ruined or tossed out because cleaning folks didn’t realize the stuff wasn’t rubbish. I laughed at those reports; I’m sure much of the world would howl in grief if Lascaux were destroyed.

      • lanceleuven says:

        I’m not sure if it was preserved to be honest, probably not. There’s been a few occasions were locals have fought to protect Banksy’s work but, as it is with the temporary nature of the work, most of it gets removed.

        Your comments about the “art works” being thrown out by cleaners remnds me of the story of the Oxford museuem which had the world’s only complete example of a stuffed dodo which was then thrown out ‘because it looked a bit tatty’.

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