Thursday, October 22, 2009

Divinipotent About Random Acts of Illustration

“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish. But that’s only if it’s done properly.”
~ Banksy

Today's edition contains a mystery. Can readers solve it?

Divinipotent Daily is accustomed to exceptional displays of the aerosol art. That's because she lives within two blocks of the monument to graffiti known as 5Pointz (at right).

Every New Yorker who likes to walk is also familiar with official graffiti like the glyph at left, which shows bike riders where they're supposed to hurtle headlong into traffic.

Those who walk or ride their bicycles on the city's many bridges are also familiar with the stencil at right, which is meant to prevent horrible collisions between pedestrians and bicyclers moving in opposite directions. Moving in the same direction? You're on your own.

Still, this was a surprise. Had the stencil makers at the Department of Transportation staged a creative coup?


And there were more. This...

    And this...
   And this...

And this...

 And these little guys, who seem to be playing hide-and-seek...

And then — oh, bliss — tumbling across the wall in a joyful somersault.

Divinipotent Daily is transported. The question now: whose work is this? Surely not the New York City Department of Transportation's. It has to be a stencil-loving aerosol artist.

 Was it this one?

Or maybe this one?

Actually, the odds are good that it's this one, but that raises another question — are the stencil man and the, ahem, interesting poultry carcass related?

While we wait for a definitive answer, let's just admire the craft and imagination of a mysterious artist who has imparted some exuberant creativity to one of the ugliest bridges in New York City.

Eat your heart out, Venice — you can have your Bridge of Sighs. Queens and Brooklyn now have their Bridge of Whimsy.

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