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The value of graffiti as art is contested. When illegal, graffiti is inherently anti-establishment and this view point is affirmed by typical themes presented in street art. What if graffiti promotes ideas accepted by the mainstream? Can graffiti cease to be vandalism? Recreating iconic images of Gerald Ford in Grand Rapids with stencils and spray paint raises some questions: Does painting popular images legitimize graffiti as an acceptable form of communication within community standards? Is this style of graffiti art or mere decoration? A new Ford stencil, featuring his wife Betty, faces Fulton street on the exterior of the B.O.B. The image is inspired by Ford's quote from his inaugural presidential address "I am indebted to no man, and only to one woman."

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 0'
  • Medium: Paint
  • Width: 10'
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 6'