December 23, 2010

A Street Art Xmas

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This holiday season, while the city sleeps, a mystery man is climbing L.A. rooftops and leaving gifts for urban aesthetes.

Following up his successful debut art show in New York, street artist Alec Monopoly took to the L.A. streets like a freshly stretched canvas. Besides a wave of his Monopoly Man series, Alec made effective use of his art by targeting a working oil rig in West Hollywood, as well as music monopolist Clear Channel. The following short film chronicles a night of Alec decorating Los Angeles, leaving a few eye-opening messages with his frenetic pop art. The following verse is a reflection of the holiday spirit:


A Street Art Xmas



T’was the night before Christmas, when streets were at peace,
Not a driver was driving, not even police.
Banners were hung in storefronts with care,
In hopes that tourists soon would shop there.
Families were sleeping all snug in their beds,
With holiday jingles stuck in their heads.
My wife fast asleep while I clutched a pillow case,
The dog in our bed takes up most of the space.
When outside our flat there appeared such a gawker,
I thought it was an LAPD helicopter.
Outside the window I saw a moustache
And a winking man wearing a sash.
The moon was eclipsed, but in the streetlights’ glow,
I could make out his top hat and tuxedo.
When what to my near-sighted eyes should appear?
Some blurry shapes that weren’t quite clear.
Then, with my glasses, I could make out metallic –
I knew it must be that street artist Alec!
Like Mad Max with art supplies in his big black jeep
And with spray can in hand, he was off in a leap:
“Now, Jack! Now, Dylan! Now, Monopoly Man’s!
On traffic boxes, on chimneys, on garbage cans!
Painted on billboards, pasted on walls,
Now dash away, dash away, before somebody calls!”
A smile on his face and a tip of his head
Let me know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, save for his sprayer,
Stenciling my street like a city surveyor.
Then laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, away he drove.
But I saw what he tagged once he drove out of sight:
“Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night!”

From the forthcoming film PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes by John Wellington Ennis. Find out more at www.pay2play.tv.

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