Street Art: A Metaphor

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© Charles Rushton
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UploadedJune 4, 2008
TakenMay 3, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D80
Exposure1/50 sec at f/5.6
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While I was photographing works from the Cans Festival, a man passing by said, “Isn’t it a shame these paintings won’t last. Someone is going to come along and paint over them.” I said that was the nature of much art in the last 20 years, like performance art or the hangings of Christo. I remembered a story I heard a long time ago. There are many versions, but this is the one I heard. A king in ancient times had a monument built to himself with the intent that it would last for all time. He asked his sage to come up with an inscription that would be true for all time. The wise man inscribed these words on the monument, “This too shall pass.”

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  • Paolo Pizzimenti

    Paolo Pizzimenti (Deleted) gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    Very nice one, I think one of your best of the last posting. Liked also the "short" metaphoric conversation.

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    Always a pleasure to watch your work, Charles.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    Critics can get carried away.

  • Nelson Campbell

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