This image, depicting the work of British street artist DS, was briefly on the front page of Reddit earlier this afternoon, and it’s tremendous. It’s a brilliant piece, holding to account street art’s dialogue with state enforcement mechanisms while humanizing the faceless apparatus tasked with buffing graffiti. The artist may not be present, but he is watching.
DS, an East London native, is certainly not the first to have used street art to metatextual ends: Street Ghosts bring Google Street View views onto the very walls they recorded, while Mobstr, another British artist, has strategically used anti-graffiti buffing to build his own visual landscapes.
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