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Lord of the Raccoon? Super Awesome!

I promise I’m not making fun.  Can anyone shed light on the meaning of this guy?  Clearly there’s some Aboriginal influence here and at the same time the artist is not impressed by the commercialism of, let’s say, art [check out the dollar sign in the raven's (?) eye].

My story in this?  I went for a little wander in a part of Abbotsford where I’m sure my wife wishes I wouldn’t go.  It’s situated under the highway near WalMart.  There are two railway lines that run through this area and a creek, which I’m sure is healthy seeing as there’s two railway lines that run through this area (repetition is on purpose).

It is also home to some of Abbotsford’s best underground artists.  I can’t say that I’d hang this painting in my living room, but the skill it takes to paint something this large using spray-paint is impressive, formidable even.  I love the free expression of talent and skill and, sometimes, anti-commercial commentary.  I also love raccoons; especially ones that sit on your head and have stars tattooed on their bellies.

BTW, if anyone can give the 411 on where I can find other examples of this, I’d sure appreciate it.

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5 responses

  1. Even though I don’t particularly like that art I can certainly appreciate the talent!

    February 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    • That’s my perspective. The problem I often run into, in conversation, is that this kind of art is illegal (technically it is BC Rail land, or Abbotsford Public land, or BC Provincial property or something). Does taking photos of it glorify illegal activity? Frankly, I love that unused, and often unseen, spaces are used as canvases by great artists.

      February 16, 2011 at 8:27 pm

  2. Charlie Watson

    I haven’t been down there for a while. I’ve always loved the art that shows up on those walls, though. I’ll have to walk through there soon, if this is what’s been put up.

    Thanks, Bergen.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:01 am

    • Thanks Charlie. Maybe I’ll see you down there sometime – on second thought, that sounds kind of creepy.

      February 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

  3. westcoastcycling

    I like it and it would happen even if you did not photograph it.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

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