Walking Home, Grounded at a speed of 50km/hr

Posted: June 22, 2010 in My Favorite Pieces 2012

“Grounded at a speed of 50km/hr –

There is a stale mate on this horizonless landscape; my feet are pounding a pavement of pessimism. My world is two dimensional, I’m a snapshot on someone’s face book, I need relief. Not the type that inebriation brings but the relief of effortless rhythmic flight.

I’ was inspired by the tagging and graffiti on my walk from North Bondi to Rose Bay Public where my children go to school. At the end of my street there was a garage door that had been bombed out with tagging. Gravity was in play and hundreds of drips ran down the door. The drips were interspersed with arrows and tagged names. This was vandalism at it’s worst for the property owner, but ownership and a right to a plain metal garage door aside, it looked absolutely amazing to me. It was definitely a collaborative piece, unconscious, unpredictable and unique. I am sure the artists had not given the final piece much thought as it was created in a moment of energy, adrenaline and release. For me the image was powerful, I could almost hear the hurried voices of the painters, I could smell the fear of being sprung and I could see the flicker of thought that had stopped the process at the perfect moment in time. I photographed the garage door and kept walking. I am glad I walked that way , as when I looked the next day for those interwoven paint  lines and sub cultural jargon, it was gone, painted over, it truly was a very small window in time.

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