Old Shoreditch Station’s impromptu street art facade is attracting art tourism. This raises the possibility of graffiti as a legitimate form of public consultation and how, historically, buildings have been used to communicate.
Talking buildings. Modern graffiti as a form of urban inscription appears to date from ancient Greek city of Ephesus (in modern-day Turkey) where historians suggest this was a form of advertising for prostitution. If so, this seems rather apt given that the alleyway leading to Old Shoreditch Station functions as an urban pissoir cum art gallery with soiled mattresses to boot… TBC
The architect’s signature / autograph transferred to building as a tag.