Graffiti or art? A muralist blurs the...

Graffiti or art? A muralist blurs the line

There are 35 comments on the KUSA Denver story from Aug 10, 2007, titled Graffiti or art? A muralist blurs the line. In it, KUSA Denver reports that:

VIEW SLIDESHOW LONGMONT - " Nearly every day for the past month, 27-year-old Gamma Acosta stood along a beat down, gray wall of his uncle's abandoned building.

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Melissa McIntyre

Broomfield, CO

#1 Aug 10, 2007
I am a caseworker for delinquent teens and so many of them have this same talent that they are not putting to good use. I applaude this uncle and this youth for being so creative and diverse. He picked musicians from different genres. I am impressed and amazed and I would love to see this kid get commisioned to create more beautiful art elsewhere.
Jadded

Louisville, CO

#2 Aug 10, 2007
Melissa McIntyre wrote:
I am a caseworker for delinquent teens and so many of them have this same talent that they are not putting to good use. I applaude this uncle and this youth for being so creative and diverse. He picked musicians from different genres. I am impressed and amazed and I would love to see this kid get commisioned to create more beautiful art elsewhere.
Agree! Nice to see graffiti on property with permission--not on brand new bridges, fences etc...
John Kennedy

Denver, CO

#3 Aug 10, 2007
Hey that's some good stuff on the wall. Keep it up. But I don't see a Kennedy on the wall. I think it would make people think about Kennedy again. just letting you know i have lived here for over 24 years and i'm 25 now. i haved never seen this around. good luck to you.

please paint the picture of the president kennedy on the the wall for the best of the memories
anon

AOL

#4 Aug 11, 2007
Hope Acosta is able to return to school (if he wants to). Sounds like he didn't have a choice. Nobody with his talent should have to leave art school if it has any kind of scholarship program available.

What he is doing is a far cry from the "taggers" who leave their ugly gang signs on every dumpster and mailbox they pass in the night. I can't imagine why anyone in Longmont would even consider this to be graffiti.

Beautiful work Mr. Acosta. Best of luck with your future! Kudos to your uncle too for helping you share your art with the public (never know when a gallery owner might drive by).

Jane

Denver, CO

#5 Aug 11, 2007
This is impressive and expressive. I would like to know the address so I can see it in person.
whozer

Denver, CO

#6 Aug 11, 2007
Those are some great works.

Anyone who says that is not art is crazy. What is not art is all this "modern" art where some guy does a splatter on some canvas and sells it for $300.

Art is something only 5% of the population at best could do.
Sweaty Girl

Arvada, CO

#7 Aug 11, 2007
Location - I believe it's the SW side of 3rd Avenue and Lashley. If you drive west on 3rd Avenue, you can't miss it on the left. It's amazing artwork, done by a boy with a real gift and a couple spraycans of paint. I say keep the art, and make it a feature of the restaurant!
Deb

Grand Junction, CO

#8 Aug 11, 2007
Why would his uncle paint over this? It is art, it is unique, and it will bring many people, from everywhere, to his restaurant. I know I would like to see it. This kid is amazing--he is an artist, not a tagger.
Susan Oliver

United States

#9 Aug 11, 2007
What a talented young man. Can we get him back to art school (not like he needs it)?
mtnokie

United States

#10 Aug 11, 2007
Wow....8 positive comments! Good work...

Since: Jul 07

Littleton, CO

#11 Aug 11, 2007
I think this is such an incredible thing. It would be wonderful to see more abandon buildings used as an artist canvas instead of a place to leave graffiti. Hopefully this young man can continue doing his wonderful art work.
Jimmie C Denver

Denver, CO

#14 Aug 11, 2007
There is a big diffrence between graffity and and murals. Unfortunatley some individuals low level of culture, intelligence and dysfunctional perception prevent them from discerning between art and trash.
Motorcyclist

Denver, CO

#15 Aug 11, 2007
to narrow minded residents of the lands of beige. that obsciene color (beige) is the only accpetable paint job.
Danielle

Nunn, CO

#16 Aug 11, 2007
I think the art should stay and the restaurant could be named "The Graffiti Grill"! I live near Longmont and I think what he has done is beautiful in an area of town that needs it.

“Take 1 day at a time”

Since: Aug 07

100% SOUTHERN COMFORT

#17 Aug 11, 2007
What an awesome and talented young man..I happen 2 see this on the news and though...WOW........
I think that they should leave it and agree with Danielle.they should call it The Graffiti Grill..
I would much rather see this artistry instead of the gang mess U generally see....

AWESOME..........The young man needs 2 be given a chance in society and helped all he can..with a talent like this, there is no telling how far he can go with the right guidance.....
Iggy

Grand Junction, CO

#19 Aug 11, 2007
To expand on the Graffiti Grill idea, maybe he could use it as an outreach program as well, to pull in at risk youth and turn their un honed trashy gaffiti into something tasteful for others. Might stop some graffiti and put their art talent to use. Teach them some respect, give them some hope that they can do more with their lives. Could be a colaboration of sorts. Since the art is ever changing.

Just a thought.
Hick in the sticks

Monroe, LA

#21 Aug 11, 2007
WOW, this man can paint my barn anytime. Of course it would have to be country music legends.
Person

AOL

#22 Aug 11, 2007
It's too bad he couldn't finish up a degree at the Denver School of Art. I hope that he'll realize that dream someday.
Common Sense

Englewood, CO

#23 Aug 11, 2007
I'm not surprised gang members started defacing Acosta's work. Gang members don't care about anything or anybody.

The story doesn't say why Acosta had to drop out of the art school. If it was financial reasons, maybe some kind soul(s) will step forward to help him return. The kid has talent!
TeamGooD

Broomfield, CO

#24 Aug 11, 2007
DAMN.....dude can spray! Good work yo!

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