A little Amsterdam Graffiti
We’ve been to Amsterdam twice lately. Once to see Shabazz Palaces, and once so I could get some amazing brunch at G&T’s, since I missed out the first time. The first time, we walked past this compelling graffiti:
I have no idea at all what it could mean, or where the quote is from. I tried looking, but without success. Perhaps it’s not even a quote? I really loved the covered face, and the anguish it connotes; this is then contrasted by the mind, literally open to view by the absent top-of-the-head, and the words stand out against the simple background.
Is this an internal war? An external conflict carried out on us all?
Most of all, I just like stumbling on it.
Opposed to the image above, stands this one:
The self-promotion is a little on the nose, but I liked the colour palette. I like the stars too, but the revolution seems a little insincere here.
On the other hand, the polar bear on the left is just…<insert superlative*>. Don’t we all love Ursus Maritimus? If the answer is no, well, that’s your loss.
I also love the accidental glimpse of books on the shelves through the window above the graffiti. A little accidental voyeurism? Waarom niet?
Photos by CIA and PJD, Amsterdam, August 2012.
* Sometimes the right word just does not make itself heard. My apologies for the “choose your own word” adventure.