|[A triptych of signs along SE Como Avenue.]|
I was doing that the other day, looking through a book called Street Renegades. I found myself reading the excellent introduction by Francesca Gavin, where She describes how street art changes the way we perceive the city:
These little anonymous interventions are not profit-based. Nor do they appear to be publicizing the artist. Instead, they merely change the way people experience city life.
The reason why this work is so important culturally is because it forces the public to become aware of and interact with the world around them. … people have to reconnect with the awareness of other people in our fragmented societies. The only place where individuals literally come into contact with each other is outside the bubble of their homes, screens, commodities. The street is the only place where we know something is real – not exaggerated or interpreted. Free public interventions rebel against submissive consumption. They are, by definition, forms of subversive protest.
At least, that was true until the other day. See somehow, somebody has started a guerilla social street art street sign campaign EXACTLY along my route to school. It's as if someone out there is intentionally trying to validate my existence. It feels so good!
Here are the signs:
|[This sign was there too, but I don't think its part of the same campaign. It's obviously a bit different.]|