03 July 2012

[Out122ndWay] 122nd Avenue Graffiti Blogging

2853.Anyone can freeway-blog. It takes real courage to do this sort of thing:

You can see it there in the distance: a white design, limned in red, over the southbound lanes of NE 122nd Avenue, at the railroad overpass. If you know how narrow the road gets there, even without traffic, you'd need a gut-check before climbing up there. 

Some 20 feet over that patch of hard asphalt, between Fremont Street and the I-84 egress/access, a plaintive question is asked:


The idea of graffiti to get people to ask themselves questions like this leaves me torn. I don't care for the  defacing of anything with graffiti, however, this one has definite style going for it, an almost Banksy-esque approach. Clearly stencilling was used here, no doubt to aid in composition as well as the getting-in-getting-out speed.

The biggest question for me, I guess, is why here? Certainly 122nd is busy-busy, and thousands of cars go that way each day. However, it's in such a tough spot to see … you wouldn't think so, but but the time you're up under it, close enough to see, it's flashed by, and even if you could crane your neck to look as you go under you're taking your eyes off some very precarious road. Big trucks use this stretch. They has to.

So, we'll give them points for going outside the box and style, at least.

And maybe seriously question a society that does not value their educators. Some of us have been doing that for a while, now.


JustThinkHappiness said...

i chose this location because Parkrose High School was laying off a bunch of teachers on some really crappy reasoning.

Samuel Klein said...

Well, well done! The painting is still up there, for what it's worth, and I like the approach, though in its position, it IS a little tough to read. But you roll the dice, neh?

I don't think that, today, there is anything but crappy reasoning to lay off teachers, when you get back to the root of it, which is the big business sector wants everything on the cheap and wants us citizens to make up the difference by either taxing ourselves or learning to live without services we used to take for granted.

I remain convinced that if Oregon's business lobby tried to pay their fair share instead of kept trying to rewrite the state constitution to pay as low a tax as they possibly can, then a lot of our woes would pretty much solve themselves, and schools wouldn't be on the multi-decade starvation diet they've been.

Alas, after all the depredation we all have seen, I still feel as a voice in the wilderness. Ah, to win rather than just be right … well, so it goes.