Bywater Stroll

    Andy young
    30 Jan 2016
    Clock 15min      Length2mi
    5 ratings

    End: Street Art

    Pay wave

    Here it is. Stop and look at the side of the warehouse by the tracks on your left. You will find a curious thing: Arabic writing. That's Bahia Shehab's work.

    The things she negates here are relevant to this spot, near the site of a contentious proposed development as well as an important civil rights landmark. "No to Discrimination," "No to Bloodshed," "No to Borders," to name a few. Some of these are harder to see than others because a local menace called the Gray Ghost painted over a couple of them with his signature gray blobs of paint. Luckily, someone accosted him about it as he was doing it, and he hasn't yet returned to finish the job as he threatened.

    By the time you get here, the work may be gone. In fact, this entire area is slated to be developed into a residential-commercial area not everyone in the neighborhood is on board with. So it may look very different by the time you arrive at this spot. In any case, I have a feeling Bahia will be back to grace other walls in the city and that you will find more things to explore in this evolving neighborhood.

    This is it from me for now. I'll leave you here to look at the street art.

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