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"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Graffit-ed box car as public art

When I saw this car, I wondered if it had been done with the approval of the train car owner, because the specific identification information for the train car was not obscured by the paint job. 

Then, it made me think, why not have a "public art" program featuring art graffiti treatments of box cars?  It certainly would be a way for a transportation company to differentiate their brand.  Although most in the industry would probably frown on the choice, believing it would encourage graffiti where it wasn't wanted.

-- "The Art of Freight Train Painting," Saturday Night Magazine, Canada, via Utne Reader
-- "We were here: Marks, Monikers, and the boxcar art tradition," Matthew Burns, masters degree thesis, Lehigh University, 2005

Although I am not sure this is what I meant when I lay out the concept of "transportation infrastructure as an element of civic architecture."

Graffiti-ed box car

2 Comments:

At 2:43 PM, Blogger Kyle Montgomery said...

It's doubtful that it was approved, but most serious graffiti artists have realized that by leaving the reporting marks the railroad is less likely to repaint the car and their effort will not be wasted.

 
At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not public art it's vandalized private property.

 

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