Politics, politics and yet more of the same.
One would think an election year is passing near.
In Wichita politics of a different sort reared up. Propaganda art. Or at least art explained by the media, which would make it propaganda. We’d probably call it street art, sponsored and condoned by the city fathers.
By Daniel Salazar
Murals, chalk drawings and street art brought some vibrant color to an otherwise dreary Sunday.
Artists set up shop on a stretch of Douglas between Grove and Hydraulic, painting murals on walls, sidewalks and the pillars of a highway overpass.
“We believe public art brings a lot of the vibrancy out in the community,” said local artist Armando Minjarez, who was painting an overpass pillar as Interstate 135’s southbound traffic roared overhead. “It engages people with their environment and their neighborhood.”
The Pathway to Peace Chalk Walk and Mural Reveal on Sunday also featured more than a dozen community groups promoting social causes ranging from supporting community mental health or refugees to eliminating human trafficking.
I wish I’d known about it, I’d have gone down and watched some of the activity.
Some few years back I stumbled across a group putting up an advertisement on the side of a building. I’d make excuses to go down there and park, watching the process. Fascinating. The whole project took almost a week and when they finished it, while still just an advertisement, was an uptick in the area in terms of visual appeal.
Besides, every time I drove by the place I’d see that wall and relive various phases of its construction. Memories.
Think I’m crackers? How many have seen the side of a painted barn from yesteryear and wondered how they did that, why, and speculated of the mind that designed it to appear it was living in a place where it belonged?
From the reaches,