Wednesday Vignette – the beauty of urban grit

IMG_8476One of my favorite components of urban grit is the graffiti adorning train cars everywhere. I find them fascinating! I always wonder about their makers, what does the art mean, what do the letters stand for, where was it created, how far has it traveled… etc. I consider them works of art in their own rights – they showcase obvious, yet anonymous talent. Society considers the originators criminals and outcasts, and maybe they are – who knows? But they are also superbly talented. Sure, painting someone else’s property is an illicit pursuit, but still… I don’t mean those lame tags that are Sharpied onto street signs and sprayed on garage doors. These are of a different caliber, for sure. I would love to have one of them come over and do a trick on the back wall of my garage. I think that would be awesome, but how and where to find these elusive souls – who knows? For now, I will just enjoy their work in all its anonymity.




About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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6 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – the beauty of urban grit

  1. mattb325 says:

    You may have to commission banksy…if you can ever find him 🙂 Sometimes you hear about them through a local newspaper where the council has commissioned local graffiti artists to paint a bare wall (the idea being that such a practice deters random graffiti attacks)….at any rate, good luck with your search 🙂

  2. rickii says:

    Beauty is a state of mind

  3. Kris P says:

    Graffiti can be beautiful. I rather wish we’d decriminalize it by permitting it in certain venues (like railroads!).

    • annamadeit says:

      Agreed – there is just something enchanting about these railroad cars – especially the fact that they are roaming the world, detached from those who created them. Not sure why Kris, but that alone fascinates me!

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