My friend Steph posted on Facebook yesterday. She shared images of “kind” graffiti. Here’s one:
It got me thinking. Ghent has Graffiti Street, a winding lane that offers artists the chance to express their essence. In time, older works are painted over by fresh creations. Oh …how impermanent this life is!
I wandered over this morning. Here are a few things I found:
I am being welcomed! I’m not sure to what but that doesn’t matter. “I’m glad you’re here.”
Yes. “Please look down and find the beauty in this artist’s work. I really want you to see what I see.”
These painted tiles were placed way above those who stroll by. “This time look up. And please … see the people you love.”
And then, sitting beside the words, are the colours. This is not a fence. It’s a gateway. Feel the invitation to pass through, to sit on the bench with a new or known loved one.
Now the artist: Klaas paints all over Ghent. It’s his passion. He told me about the two steam trains. Over the next few hours, they will be transformed into eyes. And the black shapes at the bottom will become the mouth, formed by silhouettes of folks walking Graffiti Street. Cool.
And further down the road, another artist will paint over Klaas’ face. I have a feeling that my friend will smile … and find another canvas.