Saturday, April 04, 2009

Divine Defacement

Graffiti Follow Up - In our last post, we lamented over the fact that our house got tagged. Since graffiti is a bit of a "problem" in the downtown area, we got over the feeling of being violated pretty quickly, painted over the billboard-like atrocity and now can only hope it doesn't happen again. And, so far, so good. The corner of our old Charleston single house has not been treated as a canvas for the vandal's spray can again to date.

Since we are so often exposed to the creative will and talent of our fellow city-dwellers, and with a bit of a sense of humour, we compared the random defacement of our property to a PROPER graffiti campaign, noting our appreciation for urban arts that transcend simple 'hood rivalry.

Perhaps we just identify with one graffiti style over another. Or, maybe graffiti is just cooler when it's not located on the side of ones own house! At any rate, a walk down King Street today provided another opportunity to appreciate the urban arts. We discovered a few new introspective messages left behind by the brainy bandits pushing the 1.618 graffiti campaign. For those of you unfamiliar with Charleston, King Street is an internationally known shopping district. In other words, the campaign's not-so-subtle hints against consumerism have been strategically placed.The 1.618 graffiti campaign, like all other graffiti, will eventually be cleaned up with taxpayer money. But at the very least, it is smart, modest in size and continues to beg the mysterious question, "what is 1.618?"

To learn more about the meaning of 1.618, scroll down and read our previous post. Or you can click here. Additionally, if you have any insight into the 1.618 campaign, we'd love to hear from you as we remain captivated by these marks of enlightenment showing up all over our fair city.


Anonymous said...

I'm going to have to start paying better attention. I have to admit, those are pretty cool.

Anonymous said...

man its good to see that someone gets it. thanks so much. -1.618

Anonymous said...

1.618 is either a former or current student at college of charleston, and you can learn more about him from the guy who runs the surf shop next to urban outfitters on king street. there are a bunch of tags in his shop, and he knows 1.618 pretty well evidently. He would not tell me his name though because he said that 1.618 got arrested for his street art. I do have to say though, his street art is amazing. My personal favorite is the one right by the library society that says obliterate your routine routine routine routine. Let me know if you find out any thing else. If you post your email than ill get in touch with you.
Thanks - Charlie