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From graffiti to the wheat-paste art of Banksy, street art takes on many iterations. Urban art brings color to the gray concrete of a place while providing a broader sense of identity. Most municipalities don't know how to handle these urban expressions of public art in their communities - but the expressions persist nonetheless.
A few days after the protest ended on US 64 west over installation of a water pipeline, someone spray painted the words “WATER IS LIFE” on a wall along Kit Carson Road in downtown Taos. Local activist Buck Johnston, who in 2019 was arrested for climbing atop a water well drilling rig at the same site of the Feb. 21-24 protest, was offended that someone would take the words used as a philosophical rallying point for water protection activists as vandalism.
Downtown Taos has recently been hit with a string of graffiti as several buildings have been written on with spray paint.
The most recent of the graffiti can be seen near the entrance to the Kit Carson Home and Museum on a building owned by the Masonic Bent Lodge #42.
Pilot Aguilar of Pueblo, Colorado rides his bike through the back area of a building where graffiti writers cover the walls of two buildings c…
Graffiti writer John Santos steps back to examine his work at the 'paint jam' Rick Romancito/Taos News
Canvas art by graffiti writers was on view inside Vagrant Heart during the event. Rick Romancito/Taos News
Vagrant Heart's outer walls are now decorated in graffiti art thanks to the street art event Friday and Saturday (Aug. 16-17). Rick Romancito/…