Comparing and Contrasting site one and site two – Left Bank Grafitti wall and People’s t-shirts in and around Slow Boat Records.
What I see, what it means
The dimensions of the Left Bank Graffiti wall are monumental, to the point you can climb, sit, and, from collection of objects observed, smoke a lot of cigarettes whilst being accompanied by this murals existence. The designs on a t-shirt are able to fit into the torso shape and seem to change as the body enforces movement on the fabric, makes it come along for the do, you do. Both the mural and the graphic t-shirts used similar geometric imagery, symbols and icons. Recognizable imagery allows quick impact because we are not intended to be near either the wall or the t-shirt for too long. The mural is a passage, dank and dirty, not ideal to hang out in. Does it need to be said that people move fast, that it is enormously frustrating having some idiot stop you in order for them to read your shirt.
Something about change and saftey
The mural had power to changed “Graffiti Alley” into a safe place. The present was able to bring a positive change to how something could be experienced, and so it is, the mural is a representation of modern day Wellington. Slow Boat Records, established in 1985, silently relishes in the freezing quality it has over time. In the two sites, I saw a physical safety required change to a place, and I also saw in S.B.R how little change often makes people feel safe.
Stop and Go on Cuba
As soon as people set foot in S.B.R it’s as if a wave, some sort of calm, dashes down their limbs. Their necks crane not upward at the several red traffic lamps they had to endure to get to this point of the street. Instead they curl down and into the cracks between each 55 casing. T-shirts are what you are now, but the aging quality of some reminded me of the way S.B.R holds onto things that are old and loved with great importance.
People didn’t stop and look at the art in Left Bank. I think they’d probably be thrown off to see a blank wall more than the bright colour grid beside them. Although in saying that, It is much like the way we treat the shirts people wear. You look up realise where you are/ what someone is wearing, and nothing is usually that striking to stop us in our tracks. Both t-shirts and the mural wall create this kind of Cuba Street standard that is simmering creativity that feels normal but real dam cool at the same time.