Wednesday, January 11, 2023
A Commuter Surprise
It must be Street Art Week here at Shadows & Light -- though some would debate the artistic merit of this graffiti. I was just shocked to see it. It was raining cats and dogs yesterday morning, so I took the tube to work rather than walk. As I waited on the platform this train pulled in with two big graffiti pieces on the side.
I didn't get a good shot of the second one because the train came and went pretty quickly. I missed it, taking photos, and had to catch the next one.
I never see large graffiti pieces on tube trains. TFL (Transport for London, the organization that runs the tube) is usually very good about keeping the trains clean. You might see small tags inside the cars but never anything like this. I imagine they got painted overnight and TFL didn't have the time, staff or facilities to clean them immediately.
As for artistic merit, I think this kind of graffiti is interesting -- the color choices, the style and scale of the lettering. I can't read that piece in the first photo with the two faces, but there's some expressive skill there, it seems to me. I'm not sure I want it on my tube trains, though!
So, yeah, the weather was dreary yesterday. I did get some things done that have been on my list for a long time. Many months ago blog reader Frances in Harpenden mailed me a cutting from one of her Thanksgiving cacti, and I finally repaid the favor by sending her one of mine. I was reluctant to put it in the mail over the holidays because we had freezing weather and then mail strikes, and I was afraid it would perish before getting to her. The mail seems to be moving again, though. Just a few days ago we got a holiday card from our friends Sally and Mike in Greenwich that had been mailed on Dec. 5! Hopefully the cutting will move a lot faster than that.
Several of my long-delayed New Yorker magazines have turned up in our letterbox, too. I wrote the magazine and asked if I could turn the subscription into a digital-only one, but I haven't heard back yet. I suppose they'll drag their feet on that possibility. (The digital subscription is cheaper.)
I finished "The Ink Black Heart" yesterday. Yay! No more struggling with that 1,000-page tome! Aside from the awkward size, I found it enjoyable right up to the end.