A folder in my photo collection consists of photos taken across the states of art on the outside walls of vacant buildings, train cars, bridges, to name a few. You may not call it art. There are laws prohibiting such markings. Without approval, it’s considered defacement, vandalism. But it exists and it will never go away.
The other day while driving along the 377, I looked over at the train moving along side of me and discovered this car. I shot this picture while driving. And for the remainder of my trip, I thought about the power of the words and images and the inspiration of the artist/tagger and of the message to those that see it.
The message in this image on the side of that rail car: Hope is never lost. I imagined the one that wrote it there. It’s more than the words is the position of the word lost.
I want my own rail car to write on/paint; to leave powerful messages, a significant social image–those things not shared on my blog. Would Union Pacific respond to my written request?