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To the Daily:

Thank you for promoting the permanent defacement of our
beautiful city and campus in the name of “art” (Good
Marks
, 7/19/04). With as many opportunities for legitimate
political and artistic expression as we are lucky to have in Ann
Arbor, the city does not need to look to vandalism to safeguard its
“cultural vitality.’’ We are, after all, in
the middle of a city-wide art fair — with an entire block
devoted to civic outreach.

The next time our local stencil graffiti vandal chooses to
“play a role in making Ann Arbor an artistically and
culturally diverse, tolerant city,” I hope it is on the
surfaces of 420 Maynard Street. I relish the chance to partake in a
welcome act of “interactive art” and
“argumentative discourse” on the property of The
Michigan Daily with my own can of spray paint.

Ben Julian

Alumnus

 

Lucky Charms inspires artistry

To the Daily:

I wanted to express my wholehearted agreement with the
Daily’s editorial in defense of stenciling graffiti on public
property (Good Marks, 7/19/04). As the Daily wrote,
“Many disapprove of stencil graffiti because of such overtly
political statements made on our public sidewalks. The beauty of
graffiti is that if someone dislikes the message, that person is
welcome to make his or her own mark.” Indeed. I heartily
encourage Christians to get out their cross stencils, Muslims their
crescents, Republicans their elephants, Democrats their donkeys,
capitalists their dollar-bill signs, Nazis their swastikas and
Communists their hammer-and-sickles. I’m sure that every
esthete in town will appreciate having a sidewalk that looks like a
bowl of Lucky Charms.

Justin Shubow

Alumnus

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