Filthy Animals Poop on the Sidewalk

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Reader g just sent this in, saying, “Walking home from yoga class an hour ago I came across this example of street art.”

It begs a question I’ve wondered a skrillion times (both on the street and in the gallery): Where does the art stop and the shit begin?

Thanks, g!


8 thoughts on “Filthy Animals Poop on the Sidewalk”

  1. here’s what would be artful:

    in 1/10th the amount of time and half the cost it took the “graff artist” dickhead to make this statement, he could have picked a random plastic bag up off the street, picked up the poop, deposited it in a trash can, bought a travel size purell, disinfected their hands, and been home in time to make snarky comments while watching dancing with the stars.

    THAT would be really artful, imho.

  2. Sidewalk stencils like this are art. They come and go with the seasons and don’t last long underfoot. The scribbles on poles, walls, and windows, mostly illegible, are not art, an artist knows this. I know some of us, our moderator included are confused about where the line is, in this instance it’s clear, it’s art. Or as a great jurist once said in a different context but apropos none-the-less, I know it when I see it.

  3. @neo – i thing we can agree that – in many cases – “art” is in the eye of the beholder.

    that said, let’s not make this spraypaint piece here out to be a benign & ethereal thing that will “come and go with the seasons”….if it’s actually spraypaint, and not chalk, it’s not going anywhere soon. it’s permanent, like it or not.

  4. This stencil was made by a hip white person. Therefore it’s art. Those illegible scribbles were made by some punk brown kid. Not art.

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