Saturday, August 18, 2012

What's The Message?


Fortress of São João das Maias (1644) at Santo Amaro Beach, Oeiras

I don't remember seeing this signature before (skull inside a heart), but I've already found some tv head dogs and pigs on walls around here.

24 comments:

Kate said...

Oh, I could think of many:

-Television kills imagination.
-Electronics kills the end of human interaction.
-Death to humankind because of our reliance on electronics
-And the list is endless about contemporary societies reliance upon outside stimulation..IMHO!!

JM said...

You are right, Kate, interpretations are endless! Let's find out what other commenteers might think about this.

Halcyon said...

Very interesting tag. I think this message is something we can all put our own spin on. I just think it's unfortunate this particular "work" has been painted here. It somehow doesn't fit.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Very interesting choice of heads. A very talented artist!

Sharon said...

At first I thought of it being critical of television but the rest of the image makes me think that maybe it means that "too much information might be the death of us".
Interesting.

I must say, I don't particularly care for where it has been painted. I think I'd rather see the starkness of those beautiful walls with the added art. Judging from the paint patches, they are constantly covering things over.

ladyfi said...

What a powerful mural.

Sylvia K said...

Interesting, but not sure just what they're trying to say beyond the fact that much of mankind worships TV/Media these days. Great shot as always, JM!

TexWisGirl said...

i think kate gave us a good headstart. (pun intended)

JM said...

@TexWisGirl: :-)))

cieldequimper said...

Actually, what more is there to say? Crucifixion of the screen?

Lowell said...

I don't know what to think. It is startling. I agree with Kate, Halcyon and Sharon. I wouldn't mind looking at this is a museum or gallery...but not on this gorgeous wall.

Do I see signs that indicate graffiti has been painted over on this wall before?

Gunn said...

Jesus with a TV set on his head, jumping off the cliff.
( I hope I do not offend anyone now.)

Or perhaps it is a deeper meaning?

La Principessa Errante said...

Gonna go with Sylvia's interpretation and have to agree with everyone else, while I am sure there is an important message there the choice of location is poor.

Jack said...

Maybe television is taking the place of religion in our lives? A modern interpretation of the "religion is the opiate of the people" line? But, I don't know. Kate and Sharon have a good start.

I detest graffiti in well-tended places like this.

Randy said...

Only one I can think of is, "Television is not your God." Interesting find.

Kay said...

I find myself thinking: "Christ saved our souls for this???"

This is such a fascinating shot with the texture of the rocks and stone, the smoothness of the wall, the colors, the art.

Gine said...

Assez terrifiant!

Stefan Jansson said...

Too much crap on the telly these days is what it says to me.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Perhaps they just want to be controversial.

orvokki said...

Somebody has a big story to tell..

VP said...

The graphic is good, the theme quite stale now...

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

O abuso de fé en religião e televisão é perigoso para a saúde!

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PerthDailyPhoto said...

I like Steffe's down to earth comment! I agree that it must definitely have something to do with media and religion. It would be really interesting to know exactly what the artist was trying to relay when he painted this.

tccdvit00 said...

There's way too much graffiti in Portugal! Oeiras especially seems to be infiltrated. Too bad! I wish that the government would impose stiff sentences on those responsible for marking up the city.