Reconciliation (noun) /ˌrek.ənˌsɪl.iˈeɪ.ʃən/:The process of making two opposite beliefs, ideas or situations agree.
(A three-minute read – part of a year-long series on the Ministry of Reconciliation)
There’s an Art Van in my neighborhood. You know about Art Cars, right? The ‘Cartist’ will modify the vehicle in a unique artistic way. To inform, entertain or for personal expression.
My local art car represents Reconciliation on Wheels. The owner may not have conceived of it that way, but it’s there. Can you see it in the VanRogue rules below?
Taggers may consider themselves free to make art wherever they wish: on private buildings, rights of way, bridge abutments or postal boxes. But they also need to be responsible for defacing property.
ArtVan gives them a safe place to ply their trade and be artists – without being vandals.
Can you dig it? The vehicle is sacrificed as a canvas so other private property can be respected.
I can be an artist without being a criminal.
Graffiti is seen as a £100 million challenge here in London.
So – this is one small step for a van, one giant leap…
In the end, artists just want to be loved.
Reconciliation is always present. We just need to look closely.