Rainworks: Graffiti? Art? Who decides?

This morning, someone pointed me towards Rainworks, a company that has been decorating the sidewalks with art that is only visible when it rains!

What a fantastically fun idea!

What is interesting about this is that the creation of these pieces is not illegal, is not classified as graffiti, because it isn’t permanent.  If it were permanent, then it would be graffiti and would be removed.  How sad.

Does that mean that permanence is the only factor in deciding how people can contribute to their streetscapes?  It doesn’t matter what the subject matter is, how it is perceived, or how it is experienced.  Only whether it lasts.

Do you agree?

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