Graffiti or art? A muralist blurs the line

Full story: KUSA Denver

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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Shark

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#25
Aug 11, 2007
 
Susan Oliver wrote:
What a talented young man. Can we get him back to art school (not like he needs it)?
I agree, the artwork looks good. What the article does not mention is the reason why he dropped out of art school. It can't be for lack of time or lack of money. The price of canned spray paint is not cheap.
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#26
Aug 11, 2007
 
is good stuff.

“It's pronounced DAG-uth.”

Since: Jun 07

Windsor, CO

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#27
Aug 11, 2007
 
I think the art is fantastic. I'm really sick of seeing some stupid gang symbol sprayed on public property and signs.(Not that anyone can read that garbage anyway.)

Great work! Maybe he can start spraying canvas and sell it to finish art school!
Land

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Aug 11, 2007
 
momof4Jess wrote:
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.
I own some abandon buildings and the las thing i want it sone fool painting them with a spray can.
It cost me alot to keep painting over this type of trash. I admit some of it is good but GO PAINT YOUR OWN HOUSE.
KAS

Since: Apr 07

Seattle, WA

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#29
Aug 11, 2007
 
This story and Acosta missed the point. There is no comparison between graffiti and this artist's work: He has permission.(And permission to make great things, apparently.)

Graffiti is defacing someone else's property, which has no excuse.
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Colorado Springs, CO

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#30
Aug 11, 2007
 
The art is amazing and an eyesore has been transformed. Somewhere I am sure we have more important things to complain about. Let the art continue to change.
Border Patrol

Broomfield, CO

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#32
Aug 11, 2007
 
Land wrote:
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I own some abandon buildings and the las thing i want it sone fool painting them with a spray can.
It cost me alot to keep painting over this type of trash. I admit some of it is good but GO PAINT YOUR OWN HOUSE.
Chill out homo! Its all good.
Diane

Littleton, CO

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#33
Aug 11, 2007
 
This does not blur any line. When a person has permission to paint something on a building, that's not graffiti. Graffiti is painting on something that's not yours w/o the owner's permission. This young man did amazing work! And what a great attitude -- knowing he is only leaving it up for a few months. Kudos to Gamma!
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Littleton, CO

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#34
Aug 11, 2007
 
I've driven past it and it's amazing! It's on the corner of 3rd & Lashley and it's a must see!
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Aug 11, 2007
 
Land wrote:
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I own some abandon buildings and the las thing i want it sone fool painting them with a spray can.
It cost me alot to keep painting over this type of trash. I admit some of it is good but GO PAINT YOUR OWN HOUSE.
"I own some abandon buildings..." How exactly does one OWN an abandoned building? Did you mean vacant?
If you don't know the difference, your banker or mortgage company will fill you in.

I hope Channel 9 will provide some way for actual owners of buildings to contact Mr. Acosta. Be the first on your block to have an Acosta mural.
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#37
Aug 11, 2007
 
Why did this young man have to quit school?? He is truly gifted, I would be willing to help organize something to raise money for him to finish school. Good work, its beautiful!
Shirley Unrein Sterling

Sterling, CO

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#38
Aug 11, 2007
 
This man's art is "art", not grafettii. I don't know how he gets the detail with spray paint, its hard to do with brushes. He should be commended for what he does. At least its decent to look at. Other cities let kids paint murals on walls and fences, it shows their artistic ability and also gives them some pride and they like to take care of what they have done. To bad this young man had to quit art school, he could have a good future.
KAS

Since: Apr 07

Seattle, WA

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#39
Aug 11, 2007
 
Border Patrol wrote:
<quoted text>Chill out homo! Its all good.
It's all good and worth chilling out over unless it's your property you don't want vandalized.
Bill Everheart

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#40
Aug 11, 2007
 
graffiti or art?? The distinction is murals are painted with the permission of the owner of the site. Without the owners permission in is graffiti, no matter how well it is done. It is defacing or destoying someone elses property, pure and simple.

“It's pronounced DAG-uth.”

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#41
Aug 12, 2007
 
Land wrote:
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I own some abandon buildings and the las thing i want it sone fool painting them with a spray can.
It cost me alot to keep painting over this type of trash. I admit some of it is good but GO PAINT YOUR OWN HOUSE.
Um, he has permission to do it and he's going to paint over everything when the buildings are ready to be used again. Chill out and read the story again.

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