Response to “Bathroom Wall” Art Project

Posted by at 1:24PM

I saw this in front of Meyer yesterday. It is a response to the exposure of bathroom graffiti that occurred last week.
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I managed to get in touch with one of the creators of the piece and here is part of the email that person sent me:
The chalking went up Saturday morning the same week the original
chalking was written.
The campus seems to have three interpretations of the event:
1) It was an act of intolerance and ignorance
2) It was a joke and people were taking it too seriously
3) It was an effort to increase awareness about the bathroom graffiti
Our response was such:
If it was an act of an intolerance, the chalking would show that people on campus would not stand for such ignorance or hate. If it was a joke, the fact that people were offended is still important. The chalking would then be an effort to reassure those affected that Stanford supports them in any way possible. If it was activism, then the chalking was reaffirming that statement…
…The chalking should not be associated with any group other than those who did it. Because the most offensive part of the original chalking was directed at the queer community, we felt it most appropriate to address issues of queer support. We also saw racist undertones in some of the original chalkings, so we included some quotes that we found appropriate. Indeed, the chalkers are active members of the LGBT community, but the chalking was in response for/to/from all communities.

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3 Responses to “Response to “Bathroom Wall” Art Project”

  1. Jason says:

    Thanks for covering the progress of this outdoor chalking with so many pictures! I would have never known this was happening.

  2. s says:

    the idiot who spelled difference “differance” in the 4th picture does not deserve to go to Stanford.

  3. Florence says:

    I couldn’t agree more with both the message, and with S. Unlike the bathroom graffiti, at least the sidewalk art isn’t permanent (I love to see people trying to be green)!

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