3D graffiti

On the stairs to the top of Montmartre in Paris, I ran into some rather unusual 3D graffiti:

graffiti1

The face in the center was a mask that had been glued to the wall. Right next to it was a similar construction in gray, with the mask in a box of sorts:

graffiti 2

I have to admit that these images were profoundly unsettling. Even though I knew they were masks, a part of me kept expecting the eyes to pop open and look at me. Too many weird movies, I expect. At any rate, if the point of graffiti art is to make a person stop and think, these certainly accomplished their goal.

They also inspired a classic example of human behavior. Those stairs were heavily used by tourists going up and down, and nobody was paying attention to the graffiti — that is, not until I stopped and pointed my camera at it. Then everyone on the stairs immediately looked, and several of them also stopped to take photos. In the US we have a saying: “Monkey see, monkey do.” It’s not very flattering, but it’s also an unavoidable truth: we really are an imitative species. Which gives me an evil idea for how to mess with tourists’ heads here in Loulé…

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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One Response to 3D graffiti

  1. Inge says:

    especially the second one would get my attention. Nice one.

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