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Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Graffiti in Modica

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According to Wikipedia:

Graffiti (singular: graffito…) is the name for images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property. Graffiti is [sic - are?] any type of public markings that may appear in the forms of simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Graffiti has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. In modern times, spray paint, normal paint and markers have become the most commonly used materials… Sometimes graffiti is [sic - are?] employed to communicate social and political messages. To some, it is an art form worthy of display in galleries and exhibitions; to others it is merely vandalism… Graffiti is [sic - are?] used as a gang signal to mark territory or to serve as an indicator or “tag” for gang-related activity.

It is interesting that the article starts by asserting that the word graffiti is plural but then continues to use it in the singular form (as I have marked in the quote above).

I took these photographs in the World Heritage site of Modica, Sicily, in November 2009.

Posted by bigblue on 26/01/2010 at 07:37 AM
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