CDP Theme Day: Graffiti

There is some graffiti that I actually like and that I would call art, but the majority of the graffiti here in Jeddah is not what I would consider art at all. It’s crude, unimaginative, and a nuisance. And it mars the natural beauty of the Red Sea (above) and defaces the public art sculptures (below) – many of which I have featured previously on this blog.

The sculptures require constant maintenance, yet it seems as soon as they are repaired and cleaned, new graffiti appears. Some of these pieces cost millions to construct and for someone to take a spray can to them just seems so wrong to me.

City Daily Photo is an online group of photo bloggers who post photos of their cities so we can all be armchair travelers and learn about other places in the world. The first day of each month is City Daily Photo’s Theme Day. This month’s theme is “Graffiti.”Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

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11 Responses to CDP Theme Day: Graffiti

  1. Happy Theme Day – great post for “graffiti”

    Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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  2. Jilly says:

    This is so much like the tags in Menton. Just deface the buildings and ruin the beauty of the place.

    Menton Daily Photo

    Monte Carlo Daily Photo

  3. Judy says:

    I don’t understand why people would do such a thing! I imagine the punishment for this type of thing would be severe, but still…nothing stops them.

  4. It’s such a shame that art has been covered with mindless tags!

  5. Qusay says:

    All they do is write their names or family names… I like street art and graffiti, but this is the ugliest stuff around.

    • Chiara says:

      Thanks for letting us know about the meanings. I agree that street art and certain forms of graffiti can be enlightening, but just names is basically defacement.

  6. Pathfinder says:

    Those graffiti are done by outsider of Jeddah mostly people visiting from villages and other cities such as Riyadh and they write their memories everywhere. We Jeddah locals are very annoyed with that and every summer Jeddah locals try to run away from Jeddah because of those annoying people. I also heard the same thing happens in the Eastern province when there is a summer vacation people from from Riyadh come and make a miss.

    The first picture in Arabic:”Elwan- Nawaf” just names of some people.
    The second picture in Arabic: ” Abu Share” which means Father street?!”/ “Baddori” which is a name of somebody.

    Last picture I gave up!!!!!

    • Chiara says:

      Thanks for the explanation and the translations. I am always puzzled by “Abu Share” and the other more common “Abu Tired”. I always worry about poor little “Tired” LOL 🙂

  7. Chiara says:

    I agree that it is most often unsightly, but graffiti can be a form of expression for the disenfranchised, and a window into certain societal issues.

    I hope one of your Arabic reading commentators will enlighten us as to what is written in the graffiti in your photos.

    The view in the first photo is splendid!

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