Saturday, August 16, 2008

When most first-time visitors to Venice finally arrive at their destination, I think many are aghast at all of the graffiti they encounter. It is, in a word, shocking. Or maybe disappointing is more accurate. Or, perhaps, travesty is best fitting. Sometimes the graffiti is political and artistic and actually quite fabulous. But too often it's a version of or on par with the above tragedy. A testament to overwhelming beauty and charm of Venice, the city is still just that - beautiful and charming - even with all of the senseless and ugly graffiti. That said, even when you hit desensitization and come to expect it you never really get used to it. With no blood ties to the city, I'd still happily break the legs of anyone I caught defacing a building like this. Not literally of course, but I'd certainly rip them a proverbial new one in my best broken Italian. Or fluent American English. Perhaps with a little scary slang thrown in for good measure. That might be more effective.

Your comments on this image are welcome, and encouraged! And a question for the photographer - WDF86 - if s/he is so inclined: Is there anything special about this moment, day, trip, or place beyond what you've shared on Flickr that you'd like to add or comment on here? Along with other vivaca visitors, I would love to know more!

Location: Venice, Italy ★
Photo courtesy of WDF86

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