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Sidewalk graffito, Amsterdam January 13, 2011

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Public art, signs, & graffiti, Travel.
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Sidewalk graffiti. Photo taken in Amsterdam, April 2010.

We found this happy grouping on the sidewalk in the Jordaan, a quiet but trendy neighborhood in Western Amsterdam.  We see a lot of smiley faces on our travels, actually–graffiti is fairly common, and one of the most common and most universal graffiti is the smiley face, which never fails to amuse me.  This little cluster is unusual, though–so many smileys in one place!  And square smileys at that.

For the record, I prefer chalk graffiti.  I love good street art, and when graffiti is accepted as a kind of public mural, it doesn’t much matter what medium people create in.  But when painted or inked graffiti is uninvited, it can be destructive.  Chalk, however, is fun to draw with and easy to wash away, which makes it fun for everyone, so if you’re looking to decorate your world with public smileys, consider chalk first!

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