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Abandonment Grafitti South St. Louis

Thoughts on Ed Boxx

I don’t know if prolific tagger Ed Boxx (also known as Rexx Ram or Red Foxx) is really dead, or if he faked his death as a prank.

I don’t know who Ed Boxx really is, and I don’t think that I know anyone who has met him in person.

I have no idea what is meant by “Get Up, Get God.”

I don’t know how I feel about the artist’s use of historic buildings as tablets for his work. Actually, I do. I don’t like it. But I don’t like it a whole lot less than I don’t like property owners letting their buildings deteriorate to the extent where they don’t even try to clean up grafitti.

One thing that I know for certain is that this Ed Boxx piece on the dormitory buidling of St. Mary’s Infirmary captures my attention and admiration. The skyline drawing, the colors, the imitation of the building’s rooftop cross in the work — this is pretty deliberate work. I’d rather not see this work on this building, but that’s not the root problem. Not at all.

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