Graffiti can be a tricky subject for me. I love freedom of expression and art, but I don’t love defacing public or private property. Most graffiti in IndianapolisÂ is simply thoughtless tagging, similar to how a dog marks his territory while on a walk. Of course, the paint stays much longer.
Sometimes, however, graffiti can make you think or laugh. BanksyÂ is the king of this, but there are others around. This tag in Indy isn’t on Banksy’s level, but at least it isÂ on a place that appears to be mostly harmless: A temporary jersey barrier lining Market Street in between the Cummins and 360 Market East projects.
Wilhelm ConstructionÂ has been located in Indianapolis for 90 years, and has nothing to do with the Kaiser from Deutschland (misspelled on the tag, as I said, it’s not a Banksy). But at least it drew a laugh in a spot where thousands of people walk daily and see nothing but concrete and dirt.