Montreal Winter Photos 9


Graffiti found and liked and photographed on Ontario Street East.

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Graffiti that could have already been replaced by other graffiti since graffiti artists tend to be prolific.

550x409Ontario Street - Photo RLB
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To me, graffiti is art, not vandalism, although ...

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Then again, is there a difference between graffiti and vandalism?

550x742Ontario Street - Photo RLB

Vandalism is a deliberate damage of an object or structure, while graffiti is an illicit writing or drawing on a wall or on any other type of public surface.

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It's only in the 2000's that graffiti started to be considered as a credible form of art. Spray paint in aerosol can is the number one medium for graffiti but it comes with negative environmental effects.

Then again, and according to the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal, the SPVM "if not authorized by the owner of the structure or building, graffiti is punishable by law, just like vandalism or misdemeanors".

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Each of our 19 Montreal boroughs can be contacted if and when residents wish to remove unwanted graffiti on their private property. The service is offered free of charge.

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Winter Photos 9 by Rachel Louise Barry


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