Graffiti – A Rural Exhibit
Abandoned silos have provided a canvas for the following images. The concrete structures were constructed during the period of agricultural florescence in Owens Valley in the early 1900’s. There are more than a dozen silos scattered throughout the Bishop area, and several others along Highway 395 as far south as Fish Springs on Old Highway 395. The images in this post are taken from a group of 4 silos that I became aware of approximately three years ago, and have documented on a fairly regular basis every 3 or 4 months. I have seen the addition of new images, the over-painting done by different tagging “crews”, and the increasing sophistication in technique and design. It’s good to see that the tagging of buildings is not necessary as long as the “crews” have a place where they can practice this unique form of social expression.
Before you judge the people who created all these images, remember, they’re not defacing the walls of buildings in town. – SalVidali