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Is Graffiti Art In National Parks Still Cool?

There’s no doubt that graffiti in urban landscapes has been legitimized not only as cool (think Futura 2000 in the ’80s) but also as fine art (think Banksy). The best graffiti artists are legends; but when they start creating their art on natural features of national parks, is it still cool? The LA Times questions the trend:

Andre Saraiva is an internationally known graffiti artist. He owns nightclubs in Paris and New York, works as a top editor of the men’s fashion magazine L’Officiel Hommes and has appeared in countless glossy magazines as a tastemaker and bon vivant.

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André Saraiva by Circle Culture Art GmbH (CC)


Two months ago he showed up on the decidedly un-fashionista website Modern Hiker, along with a photo of a boulder he tagged in Joshua Tree National Park. Since then, Saraiva, who lives in France and is known by his fans as Mr. Andre and Mr.

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Bill Proposed To Create National Park On The Moon

national park on the moonA bill to make summer vacations of the future much more exciting, Space.com reports:

A new bill introduced into Congress would establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the moon. The bill was introduced Monday by Rep. Donna Edwards of (D-Md.) and co-sponsored by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas).

The bill calls for no later than one year after the date of enactment of the act, “there shall be established as a unit of the National Park System the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park.”

Creating such a park will expand and enhance the protection and preservation of the Apollo lunar landing sites, the bill states, “and provide for greater recognition and public understanding of this singular achievement in American history.”

The Secretary of the Interior would work with NASA to ensure the proper monitoring of the Apollo lunar landing sites; managing access to the sites; and ensuring an accurate cataloguing of items in the park.

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