Thursday, April 3, 2008
was the only identifier next to the whimsical face adhered with what appeared to be white paint, to a door on the side of Chipotle at Franklin and Wells some time ago.
“How cute!” was my first thought as I stopped to take a picture and wondered how I could get it off the door without ruining it –take it home and frame it to keep….forever and ever!!
Deciding it couldn't be removed intact – I headed to my office.
This past weekend when my artistic son stopped by, I showed him the photo of the “artwork” that I had stumbled upon.
He immediately recognized the artist’s work – it seems that Melt is a street artist – a graffiti tagger of sorts – except that Melt’s artwork is usually non-permanent. He further explained to me that what I thought was white “paint” is actually wheat paste – a sticky glue like substance made out of.....you guessed it – wheat.
When I told him that I had thought about taking it down – to keep for myself – he informed me that in the street art world that would be unacceptable. “Street art is to be left where the artist put it!” “That would be stupid to take it down and put it where only a few people could see it!” he firmly stated.
Okay, okay – I get it, I get it – but I still wouldn’t mind having a Melt street piece hanging on the spicy orange walls of my in-farmhouse gallery of art.