Illegal Rainbows

Graffiti artist Rainbow Warrior in Albuquerque finds drab buildings and "improves" them by spilling paint to pour "illegal rainbows"
off their tops.

City officials are angry and threaten to go after the "knuckleheads" behind the scheme, but Ingrid Fetell of Aesthetics of Joy asks whether the rainbows - while illegal - can still be joyful:

I find this tension – between the forbidden act of graffiti, technically vandalism, and the delight people are discovering as a consequence – acutely compelling. Is an illegal rainbow still joyful? Here’s a letter writer commenting on the rainbow warrior situation:

So, somebody lays down a rainbow on the thing, a piece of art (and yes, it is art, even if it is “free,” and maybe especially so) that pokes fun at the mess, that makes me grin and say, “That’s a little better!” As a life-long citizen of Albuquerque, as someone
who has had his very personal property damaged by genuinely malicious individuals: this isn’t the same thing. Is it graffiti? Yeah. Is it the same as somebody tagging a vulgar word on the car my parents gave me when I went to college? No. The intention of the rainbows is perhaps mischievous, but it is definitely not malicious. The intention, and the execution, is a wink, a laugh, a little unexpected burst. Worth a slap on the wrist and a good talking to, nothing more.

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Something that happened in the "my" city. YAY.

I do agree with what Mindy has said - but I would like to point out that the property still sits half constructed and an eyesore to the downtown skyline.

I will have to say - it was beautiful to see when it went up. It made me remember when I was a kid and loooooved rainbows. And life was simple.

I had actually thought it was paid for and put there legally. To maybe spruce up that building while it was in "limbo".
When I had read artist's comments regarding it, it made me smile. " I remember being a child and being able to wear a rainbow to school. It was just a rainbow. It symbolized future and promise and dreams. Imagination. I kinda want to just give that back to people. When they see that, maybe they’re having a rough day or a rough year or life and they can just look at it and find peace for a second and remember what rainbows meant when they were a kid,"

However - It is private property so it is vandalism aaaaand my tax dollars went to the clean up of the art.

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Hi Longflight, the Original Rainbow flag as designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978 has 6 colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple - in that order, red always on top.

Happy & proud 2011
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"It definitely fails the "What if everybody did that" test."

Actually, it fails the "Is this your f***ing property?" test.
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Mindy, sorry but that was such a buzz kill. I'm usually the first one to propogate rules and order. I was the kid who obsessed over making sure everyone got the same amount of Kool-aide in their glass. But, you know what? I saw those rainbows and it made me want to go make the world a happier place. Let your hair down every once in a while.
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