How the City Speaks
What would walls say if they could speak? What sort of secrets lie hidden between the bricks?
It sounds crazy but walls actually can speak, and often do. Well, It’s not really walls that do the speaking, they retain messages created by people who use walls to communicate. Here lies the wonderful and magical aspect of Street art, it allows city walls to speak and deliver messages for the eyes of onlookers.Walk through the streets of any major city in any part of the world and you will quickly realize that the walls of the city say many things. There is the usual political bullshit, the curse words, and the dick drawings but every once in a while you glimpse surreal drawings, amazing graffiti, or beautiful phrases. This truly creative and genius work, not done for money or recognition, but rather to express the artist’s innermost creative impulses, where the joy and reward is found in the creation itself, is the sort of of creative work I admire and look for when I walk along the city streets.
Accion Poetia, which translates into Poetic Action, is a cultural and poetic movement founded by Mexican Poet Armando Alanis Pulido. The idea behind the movement is to paint phrases and fragments of poetry on walls across the city. What began in 1996 in Monterrey, Mexico, quickly spread, and the beautiful and poetic lines now adorn walls all across Latin America and other parts of the world. The content, mostly made up of love verses and optimistic phrases, is a beautiful way to express feelings and emotions and turn all those willing into artists. Onlookers are captivated by the beautiful and powerful phrases that make them reflect or simply help to brighten up their days. I wish more people would take to this and pick up brushes and paint, find the empty and blank, and transform the plain and ugly into alive and beautiful.
At the end of the day, what you put out into the world is completely up to you. You can go up to a wall with a marker and draw curse words or dicks, or you can create wonderful, imaginative and beautiful things. You can spread ignorance or bliss, love or hate. It’s all up to you. But remember that what you put into out into the world will come back to you in some way, shape, or form. Instead of spreading around bullshit, I urge you to spread positiveness, truth, and love. Only by shining our light can we light up the darkness. LIke always, keep growing, In the LIGHT direction.
I’ll post a gallery of my favorite phrases. Check it out.
“WHILE THERE IS LIFE, THERE WILL BE HOPE”
“A BIG HEART IS FILLED WITH VERY LITTLE”
“I DON’T HAVE THE STRENGTH TO GIVE UP”