Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The anarchist and the glowing chimp

Angry anarchists: 'Buy more shit!!'This real estate sign on a vacant showroom in Willis St has been grafittied to express disgust with consumer society and its relentless need to drive more spending. I presume that it is the work of someone who identifies as an anarchist, given the circle that has been added around the 'A' on the left of the sign.

Now, I have a lot of sympathy for some of the local anarchists' campaigns, such as their opposition to the 'bypass', but regular WellUrbanites will know that I'm not entirely averse to a bit of retail therapy. I mean, c'mon guys, we need to go shopping in order to eat, buy clothes and books, and otherwise furnish the necessities of life. Surely it's going a bit far to reduce all this to "buying more shit"? But then I looked across the road:

Delightful objets d'art for sale in Willis St
Hmm, maybe they have a point.


At 12:10 pm, November 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Especially the ape with the luminous belly in the left hand picture of the light shop. I had a good laugh about that one with a friend of mine the other night!


At 1:29 pm, November 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't it be: "Buy better shit"?

At 2:40 pm, November 08, 2005, Blogger Hadyn said...

That is such a Rhesus Monkey (or Macaque)! Not an ape.

"The Anarchist and the glowing Rhesus Monkey"

At 10:11 pm, November 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! Until recently I lived in the student accommodation next to that office building, and frequently passed by that light shop. I'm glad you have lasting evidence of its realm of tackiness.


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