My World Tuesday: New Haven, Connecticut

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There is a legal graffiti wall on Water Street in New Haven, Connecticut, that is tightly maintained by Reo, a very talented young guy from Connecticut. Painting here is by-invitation only, and the standards are high. This is a bright spot in a tough neighborhood near the railroad station and the joys and wonders, shall we say, of the harbor. (Other images of these walls are here.)

These walls are near High School in the Community, where it seems these writers inspire the kids inside to come out and play:

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My World Tuesday

Comments

  1. Grafitti can be both fine and bad. These you've got here are fine. They have nice colors. The first one is a bit frightening. The prettiest is the last one, I think.
    Thanks for your comments in my blog. I appreciate it very much :)

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  2. I think it's neat the kids are given a place to be creative. I really like the one of the child and the tree.

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  3. Anonymous12:04 PM

    I really like the first picture. The style and the framing of the photo make it seem almost like a traditional painting, but the cracks and texture of the wall - as well as the written words - create a vivid contrast to that impression. There's a sort of tension between the beauty of the art, the scary possibilities it suggests and the evident imperfections of reality.

    It makes me think. Thank you.

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  4. Great works of art. In the city of Massillon Ohio there is several works of art on buildings as well.One depicts life in the city in the past.one is dedicated to football
    that is so inportant to the city.
    One shows the Ohio Erie canal and what life was like back than.

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  5. I don't ever see graffiti and not think of you. These are truly works of art. I think it is wonderful that kids have a place to express themselves.

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  6. Powerful images, and, the first time I've ever been able to "read" something! I like the designs that almost look legible, but sometimes get frustrated, feeling that I"m on the outside of the meaning because I don't understand the shorthand.

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  7. This graffiti is almost art!! Some graffiti is really not ugly.LOL

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  8. cool stuff... i think every town should have a place like that so that some of the illegal tagging ect is stopped... and the level of art increases... very talented person there!

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  9. I've always been astounded at just how good some of these can be. Back in the day, I never would've thought of a spray bomb as an artistic tool, but there can be no denying the artistry in this work. Good for Reo, keeping it under control. And for giving an outlet to this kind of talent.

    This must be a regular stop for you, considering. Art for the masses... I like it.

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  10. The last picture is quite clever!

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  11. I think it is important look at the reality around us with more interest: the "writers" are a recent phenomenon,that perhaps deserves more attention.
    Thanks for your photos, spread this form of art.
    :-)

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  12. I see beauty and art in this graffiti.

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  13. Like the others, I think it's great for kids to have a place to be creative! And these walls are, indeed, very creative and colorful! Great photos, Sandy!

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  14. This is just so vibrant. I do have mixed feelings about graffiti so this for me is such a fabulous idea. Legal Graffiti. Great way to spot new talent too.

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  15. I love these graffiti walls Sandy. Great shots from your world.

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  16. Great art I especially like the last too You feel indeed compelled to go through those windows and step "outside"

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  17. Anonymous5:31 PM

    I've always been amazed at the talent that create these graffiti art. Thanks for sharing this. Happy Monday.

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  18. Grafitti in the right place and at the right time and done in the right way can be great. Thanks for posting and making us all think outside the box about grafitti.

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  19. That's some really amazing stuff. Far higher quality than our down home Okie style graffiti.

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  20. Cool example of modern / street art and taking it to the people.

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  21. That's pretty cool stuff.

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  22. I think it is a good idea to standardized graffiti murals to be maintained and supervised so no vandals would mess it up.

    We have graffiti murals here and some of them look disgusting because of illegal graffiti markers who just cannot discipline themselves.

    Great way to spend someone's energy to work on their talent. I do believe Graffiti is an ART not as a form to create rubbish.

    I love the last two. Pretty cute!

    Good morning from Down Under.

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  23. That's great pieces of art! The messages the artist expressed really came out strong. I've seen legal grafitti several places in Europe also and actually I'm working with a post from Wirrabara. They have small paintings all over town and I just saw them on Sunday. Well, the coincidence made me smile. Have a great week!

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  24. I think graffit is a legit art form.

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  25. controlled graffiti-there's an oxymoron. but a different approach to encourage that type of art...

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  26. Anonymous9:06 PM

    The first one is quite chilling. They are all interesting and artistic in their own way.

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  27. what a great day was to take photos. You got some great shots! Well done My Dear friend!

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  28. the first graffiti of an explosion is really nice.

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  29. Excellent graffiti.

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  30. These are fine examples of good graffiti by some talented artists. Thanks for sharing these.

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  31. Wow these graffittis are very beautiful. These people are really very creative and talented.

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  32. Amazing!!! So cool that these folks have a spot to share the creative part of their soul. And so nice we are able to have the opportunity to enjoy!

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  33. Fine graffiti. It's really good that children have a space to express themselves in free artistic creations.

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  34. I find the change in style very interesting!

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  35. What a fantastic idea to have talented kids display their artistry - some of these are quite beautiful.

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  36. legal graffiti - thanks for that. i've almost forgotten the concept.

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  37. These are amazing .. Indeed, death and destruction is a part of life .. but I wonder if we are getting the message that these young artists are trying to impart ... to much is just too much, after awhile there will be no room for joy.

    I got to get back to visiting you, as I get a lot of my inspiration from your post ... thank you.

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  38. Very interesting Sandy. There are some talented artists involved there!

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  39. Good to see that there is alegalplace for these talented people to show their talent.

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  40. Sandy: This type of tagging is alright with the beautiful work. I do dislike the random tags on objects.

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  41. Anonymous12:40 PM

    Graffiti like viola said can be good and bad...

    But the expressions spilled in these masterpieces are just awe-inspiring..!

    And it's a surprise that an art corner is available for creative minds to exhibit their opinions and art!

    The snapshots look great and it looks like a mix of creativity, optimism,

    good thoughts, anger, frustration and looking at the current world scene in their eyes...

    Nice work! Keep posting more of these..:)

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  42. Sandy! I must really thank you for the kind comments. They are really too much honour! I get all the historical background from Google and Wikipedia and I learn a lot myself by looking facts up. So I am really not that clever that I know that all by myself.

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  43. Sandy, what a great MY World post! I love this!

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  44. I like the idea of controlled graffiti. It allows for otherwise frowned upon expression and takes the sting out of "defacing" property. You've sure captured some colourful art.

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  45. At least this seems a non-violent way of airing your views and opinions...

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  46. Amazing Graffiti!

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  47. Neat thats its legal graffiti-even neater that it is too inspire the kids.

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  48. How awesome is that! Invitation only - I think it would be cool to have something like that around here.

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  49. Definitely art expressions for the eye to behold! I like planned graffiti that is really art.

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