April 10, 2013

Freedom of street "art"


You can be for or against, like or hate this kind of colorful or black and white decoration, you can agree or disagree. 
What strikes me is that when the author wants the public to understand the message, English is used even in an almost 100% francophone area where the second picture was taken. I took the first one in Antwerp a few weeks ago. 

28 comments:

  1. J'aime beaucoup la première image...
    Belle journée,

    Pierre

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  2. de eerste heeft prachtige kleuren, is echte street art!
    groetjes

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  3. oh, brilliant. I love street art. I like it. some of it. great shots!!

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    1. amazing how so many people like and how many others totally disapprove, Petra

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  4. Hallo Anni,
    De tekst van de tweede is pertinent: geld (alleen) maakt niet gelukkig maar het help wel...
    Groetjes, Frans

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    1. je wordt er volgens de auteur minder 'afhankelijk' en meer 'vrij' van en daar heeft hij waarschijnlijk wel een punt, Frans.

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  5. Great street art! The first one is really colorful and dramatic and the second one makes it very clear what his/her thoughts are -- in color or black and white!!! Hope your week is going well, Anni!!

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    1. so true, Sylvia
      have a great week
      will come visit your blog(s) asap

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  6. I like the colours in the first one and the truth hiding behind the words of the second one:-)

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    1. colorful truth is what I should have called this, Jana

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  7. Hallo Anni
    Hoewel het soms mooi gemaakt is, vind ik het toch jammer dat het overal op gespoten wordt.
    Groeten Bets

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  8. I am not a fan...But am thinking I too would want to pose in front of the first one.....hmmmm....Maybe I need to rethink my opinion?

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    1. ha ha, I like your kind of reasoning Janey :)

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  9. I will have opportunity soon to come to Belgium in teaching assignments, hope to see the streets of Belgium soon !

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    1. how wonderful !
      good that you waited until our winter is finally over.
      I hope you will enjoy your stay and that you will find your teaching assignments rewarding.
      keep me posted of your travels

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  10. " street art" ...

    soms zou ik het woordje "art" toch niet gebruiken

    prettige dag

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  11. Ja, dat gebeurt hier ook, steeds meer engels, een uitverkoop heet nu al sale in alle winkels.

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  12. Not a grafitti fan but the message is so true!
    V

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  13. 'Kan' mooi zijn, Anni, in elke taal...
    Lie(f)s.

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  14. De graffiti is zeer mooi, altijd leuk om te zien.

    Groetjes,
    Filip

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  15. As an English speaker I regret the domination of English.

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    1. I just referred to your post in response to a comment on my blog about the use of English for the 'Newborn' monument in Kosovo, as a symbol of nationhood - you may get some visitors hopping across from me!

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    2. thanks so much, Linda
      every little bit helps :)

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  16. Street art is certainly divisive but I love it all from graffiti to tagging to art and typography.

    It is intesresting that they used English but alternative ideas often come from outside of our own cultures. I saw Cyrillic graffiti in Germany and had a good time trying to decifer that.

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    1. very divisive indeed, Mandy
      Cyrillic deciphering ! good for you !

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  17. Twee zeer mooie foto's, de ene met kleur en schilderen, de andere met woorden!

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  18. If the alternative is a dull boring spot I'd go with a colourful mural every time Anni, this one fits the bill perfectly :) they do say English is the universal language, I'm not sure...

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