“Anti-Snowbowl graffiti grows”- Hillary Davis. Published September 7, 2011 at 5:00am
http://azdailysun.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/anti-snowbowl-graffiti-grows/article_dd219e35-bb6c-5a3b-a168-85c35d976faa.html In response to a new Snowbowl ski area water pipeline, new works of graffiti art in opposition have been painted around Flagstaff. The pipeline would pump treated wastewater up the mountain in order for fake snow to be made. The owners of Snowbowl argue that it is crucial to remain financially sound. However, works of graffiti saying “no poop water,” “smash Snowbowl,” or “protect the peaks,” have a different way of viewing the arrangement. The artists have been very outspoken against what they see as this injustice. Rudy Preston, creator of truesnow.org, says none of this graffiti “surprises” him, as it is merited by such an awful thing
I selected this article for a couple of reasons. First of all, I ski often at Snowbowl and am invested in there not being any issues this or next season regarding the snow. There is going to be less than average snow in Arizona this year so the mountain would need the fake snow to compensate. But more importantly, graffiti is my favorite type of visual art. It seems a lot more real and expressive than a Picasso or Gauguin would be. Ever since Exit through the Gift Shop, I have been very interested in graffiti, especially when the piece has a politically or morally charged impetus like these in Flagstaff.