There's an article in the NYTimes City Room blogs about removing graffiti still dis/gracing the Highline.
Graffiti fuels an endless debate. I have found street art to be something that pleases me enormously in particular contexts. Removing it on the Highline seems absurd to me. The Highline, this old, abandoned industrial artery has been beautifully restored, but so much of its original context has been expunged. I am a huge fan of the plantings, plant geek that I am, but would find their juxtaposition with paint to be entirely appropriate to where they find themselves.
Below are some examples of graffiti I have loved. Feel free to weigh in on them, and to disagree, with erudite explanation. I am curious about why I like it, and when I would not, and what others think..
Below, the tag in the recently designed and planted Tribeca garden.
Below, above the 66 Square Foot terrace, isn't this graffiti? And more ephemeral and more toxic, and no less beautiful for it?
The roving truck that parks on Forsyth Street, early this year.
More problematic, on the newer side of the Liz Christie Garden, behind the vegetable and fruit plantings. The scraggly white tags are not working . But the black balloon is getting somewhere.
And, of course, the Gowanus Garden, in spring 2006, above. This graffiti was wiped out, as evidenced in this post.
And on the other Gowanus canal bridge, on Carroll Street. Why is this not a successful canvas?
And finally, below, good, gone art, ex Spring and Elizabeth Streets in Nolita.