Thursday, June 11, 2009

Culture Clash

I laugh every time I see something like this in Munich. It’s not because I dislike the graffiti, or because I am offended by the fact that someone would deface another person’s property. I laugh because Graffiti just doesn’t fit in Munich. Graffiti comes with this impression of some social unrest, a rebellious youth, or some sort of counter culture – that simply doesn’t exist in Munich. Like most places in Germany, you find order where ever you go in Munich. As one example, the few places you find graffiti in Munich are walls designated for just such a thing. That’s right, state sanctioned graffiti. It just seems counter-intuitive and wrong. At any rate, the image is interesting in the heart of yuppie Schwabing.


Guy D said...

Great shot, thanks for sharing.

Regina In Pictures

B Squared said...

One of the things I find interesting about DP is the spread of graffiti around the world. It is in places you would never expect it to be.

wzl said...

You are right! If you are interested, have a look at my blog:
Just yesterday I found such a grafiti and I'm sure the artist was payed by the "Kulturreferat". -
The most important grafiti - artist in Munich ist LOOMIT - he has done part of the walls behind the Muffathalle - also payed, I guess.