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