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If a NYC location got a shout out in some rap lyrics, Jay Shells has probably made a sign out of them and placed it at that specific location for his amazing new project.
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Street art has a subtle, but powerful connection with place. How does an art installation alter a neighborhood's sense of place? How does a place alter the meaning(s) of an art installation?
Tags: art, mapping, NYC, culture, landscape, place, socioeconomic, neighborhood.
¿que tal esta idea de arte callejero? Letras de rap y señaléticas de tránsito
I just got back at two in the morning from a road trip with one of my cousins to see her sister in Maryland. It was a fabulous time, and I'd like to point out that we did drive through New York, and caught some glimpses of NYC across the way. My whole experience on the trip was illuminated by different forms of cultural exposure. I rarely travel, and it was quite fascinating to see the different locations on the way. One thing that I noticed was a large presence of graffiti, that completely varied in styles and colors in every city and every state. It was as if these different people from different places all had different things to say. The rap lyrics on signs are interesting as well, because these rap lines are not intended to be written on signs, contrasted from graffiti, which is meant to be seen publicly. The culture in New York is one that includes art and appreciation of art, and these rap lyric signs are both catchy and artsy. Poetry has long been a way to teach people to remember things- such as in nursery rhymes. It seems to me that it would be sufficiently easier for a person to remember what avenue they are supposed to meet someone on, by quoting existing rap lyrics that are also present on signs in the area. These aesthetic embellishments also demonstrate a striving towards a revival of a human blend of Platonic cultural ideas with the presenece of art and poetry in public, and the human imperfection that accompanies rap music with the stigma of sex, drugs, and violence.
One of the bad things about the trip was the traffic in New York, but if I had rap lyric signs to read, I really would not have been that bad off. Some people like to read books or magazines while using the bathroom, and it is becoming increasingly clear that there must be a similar level of tolerance/inclination towards people wanting to read rap lyrics on signs in New York that indicate the areas referred to in song. There really are very few problems with this, and I am often more offended by the billboards in cities that tell me what religious ideas are right for me to believe, such as the Christ-Supremacist group billboards that tell me Jesus will save me. I think Kanye West is a slightly more contemporary savior that might be to the liking of the citizens of New York City... At least, in this particular place, during this particular time.