Ancient and Modern: Graffiti and Murals: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

© irene waters 2020

I’m not sure whether this wall decoration is a mural in the strict sense of the term but they are applied over a wall so I am taking them to be so. These are old – The Forbidden City was constructed between 1406 – 1420 and used as the Imperial Palace from 1420 (Ming Dynasty) to 1924 (Qing dynasty).

© irene waters 2014

These murals are much younger. The children’s faces (above) were found on a toilet block in the Corramandels in New Zealand’s North Island. They were designed by the school children in 2007 to brighten their town and they certainly did that. I loved looking at all the self portraits.

© irene waters 2020

This professionally done mural was found in Dorrigo National Park and showed the aboriginal dreamtime and flora and fauna of the area.

© irene waters 2020

Graffiti has changed significantly through the ages. In olden times to when I was a child it consisted of I was here signs such as the one above letting you know that in 1880 K. Wioblewski visited this temple in Egypt. We were taught as children to draw on things was defacing and the work of vandals. That was of course before Banksy. Now graffiti is colourful artworks that elicit some sort of emotion and brightening the plain cement or brick walls.

Thank you to Cee for hosting the Fun Foto Challenge – always a lot of fun.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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4 Responses to Ancient and Modern: Graffiti and Murals: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures, Irene. Happy Friday.

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  2. Cee Neuner says:

    You have some terrific photos of murals for this week. 😀 Thanks Irene have a great weekend. 😀

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