(Texas graffiti tour stops in El Paso)
By D. Arredondo & R. Mendiola.
EL PASO - Many view graffiti as an urban blemish while others see it as a dynamic form of art. All opinions aside, graffiti has always been a vista in inner cities across the globe and it definately doesn't seem like it's ever going away. Proof of this was last weekends ‘Pieced Together’ Texas Graffiti Art Show hosted inside an 80-year-old abandoned grain building in El Paso.
This Memorial Day weekends artsy event was organized by professional graffiti artist David “Grave” Herrera who succeeded in collecting funds, food and clothing in benefit of the El Paso Rescue Mission, a non profit homeless shelter.
Herrera, 39, is founder of a nonprofit assembly called Border Youth Out Beautifying, which offers authorized locations for graffiti artists. These artists acquire consent from property owners or search for appropriate authorities for art work on city buildings and structures.
Herrera invited a few of his friends who also happen to be some of the greatest graffiti artists in Texas, including Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. These Graffiti artists socialized with spectators as they demonstrated their true art talent by spray painting crisp murals on the walls of the mazy building
“Graffiti artists are allowed to spray paint their murals on the walls of these grain silos”, said CYK graffiti artist Kevin Eli.
The vacant building is an absolute taggers paradise, and as a result, it's cylinder-shape walls are festooned with detailed murals and hardcore graffiti art.
The vacant concrete shell, now known as “The Silos Aerosol Art Space”, has been abandoned for several years and lies on a land mass between El Paso’s core highway, rail road tracks and the Texas-Mexican border.
Given some peoples negative views on graffiti, ‘Pieced Together’ confirms that graffiti can be appreciated and admired when done professionally.
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