20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Little Paint & Metal

Since our days as cave dwellers humans have used paint and other objects to decorate their home and surroundings. Graffiti can be found in a number of places on the fortified wall that surrounds Lagos.


In some parts of the world this is illegal and considered an eyesore. In other locales it's sanctioned by the powers that be and viewed as a work of art. Personally, I find the juxtaposition of old and new a lovely combination and always enjoy the views as we walk past.


Sometimes it's difficult to comprehend what statement the artist intended. 



Others are more obvious. This depicts a sailor buried beneath an anchor, bobber and pile of fishing lines.



Two snails guard this narrow side street.


While ogling each other.


This party girl invites you inside the bar.


A neon blue ball of yarn transforms into something eerie upon closer inspection. Are those eyes peering out at us?



The mural below this one could be an homage to an artist. Picasso?


This next one is both ambiguous and large, making it difficult to get a good photo while standing opposite it.  


Applied directly on the fortified wall and less than a block from our apartment is this creation. 


Opposite the marina is this apartment building and its rather unique decor. It makes me scratch my head every time we walk by, but you have to admit it grabs your attention.


My favourite, however, is this battle scene. I love the colours, composition, theme and the green door and barred window blend in perfectly.


We also went back for a closer look at those mobiles above the fort. 


Each stands 8-10 feet tall.


Whimsically intricate with humans and mythical creatures they are a true delight.








A little paint and metal really does go a long way - especially in stunning Lagos.

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4 comments:

  1. I have no problem with murals or graffiti that depicts a picture of some kind but when it is just tags (like the one on your header picture) then I don't agree with it. All the others you have included are fun to look at and it amazes me the talent and imagination that these artists have.

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    1. There are a number of places on this stretch of the wall where graffiti appears to have been painted over with brown paint, Ruth, so obviously you're not alone in your view!

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