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Sara Rezaeian

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Why people write on monuments and how could we respond to this necessity?

I'm trying to understand the reason of writing words, dates, names on monuments and use these data for designing an urban furniture near monuments to help solving this problem.
If we pay attention to what people need they wont destroy our Valuable monuments by this kind of vandalism.


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    Dec 27 2013: I'm not sure what type of monument you mean, but I suspect that graffiti, mementos and vandalism might be markers of people's dissatisfaction and disaffection of people living in one political era as it progresses invariably into another, especially if there are particular monuments as overt symbols of that outgoing era. The Berlin Wall was one such example. The Western side was heavily graffitied because it was despised as a symbol of political oppression from the other side, in stark contrast to political freedom on the "free" side.

    So symbolic was it, that chunks of the Wall remain as 'urban furniture' and even valuable works of art, as a reminder of the jarring contrast of two political ideologies in such a small geographical space:


    What was once defiant, angry graffiti on the Berlin Wall, now seems to have changed its identity into bright symbolic art, revered by collectors. There are now even allocated spaces specifically for graffiti artists to paint; much of it is skilfully done and beautiful - but importantly, it is kept away from areas (including monuments) that matter to most ordinary people.

    I think if a monument overtly and arrogantly symbolises something that could so easily be despised by a population that is forced to live with it, it will get defaced and vandalised by people who have the liberty to do so - obviously less so where state reprisals are threatened and/or carried out.

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