A modest appraisal of a budding Juneau 'artist'

My Turn: A modest appraisal of a budding artist

To the person who is tagging up the Perseverance Trail:

You are an artistic genius. I had previously considered the best graffiti to contain some kind of bold statement to better the cause of humanity. A form of protest in which an artist defaces a man-made structure with a message of political or social value, often times mocking the structure itself as a sign of disagreement toward the synthetic environment man has created.

However, you, you brilliant artist, you have seen the problem with this method. In graffitiing this man-made environment, one runs the risk of getting caught! Now, one might say that you are a coward, but I see your true brilliance.

And the artistic content. People of Juneau, because of this brave soul, you never have to travel far for great works of art ever again. Forget the Louvre, the MOMA, the Sistine Chapel or Annie Kaill’s! We have our own Rembrandt here among us in the beautiful setting of the historic Perseverance Trail!

Imagine if you will: you wake up early before work to take a stimulating jog with your canine best friend. Now, you have hiked approximately 30 minutes through the forested, boardwalk beauty of the Flume. You are reaching a steep incline through walls of granite, older than mankind. The opening view of the gargantuan waterfall is coming up. But wait! Look to your left! There they are.

Messages from the brilliant artist: “Go funk yourself,” one reads. “Yeah Yeuh” reads another! What does it mean?

Then there are the faces! Spray painted with a glorious black are three Homer Simpson-esque faces, one of which is sucking on another face. But is it really Homer Simpson or a portrait of the artist himself? Why is he sucking on that face?! Does he not know it is his own? We’ll never know! Keep the art world guessing!

As you continue marveling at these modern Da Vincis, you make out another message: “666.” The Mark of The Beast! The artist has shattered taboos, daring to channel Satan himself!

And then the word, “Deicide.” Murder of a God! (Also, a really crappy heavy metal band.) The Artist laughs in the face of the nature lover as well as the tyrants of Heaven and Hell!

Juneau, we are seeing the prosperous beginnings of one of the greatest artists in all of time! Keep it up Mr. Artist, you brave soul! You are the messenger of the oppressed and the creative voice of a generation! Bravo, I say! Bravo!

Logan Lott is a Juneau resident.

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