While grafitti is considered to be criminal defacement of property and a sure sign of urban decay there is a place in St. Louis where it is completely legal, even encouraged. Since 1996, Paint Louis, has attracted local and nationally known grafitti artists to tag a 20′ high concrete flood wall with distinctive signatures and murals creating a work of art that extends for 2 miles starting just south of downtown. The wall runs through industrial areas rarely seen by the public but most of it is just a few blocks over from Broadway, a major thoroughfare. It is easily accessible but admittedly I have always felt that the area was a little sketchy, the other kind, even in the daytime. The Paint Louis blog links to a Google Street View which shows a portion of the length of the grafitti wall.
Grafitti Wall, 04/15/2012, Michael Anderson, watercolor heightened with gouache, Arches 140lb cold pressed, 10″ x 14″.