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Chilean Public Art Steps Up in Time of Revolution

The Writings on the City’s Walls: Street Art and Graffiti in Santiago, Chile in a Time of Social Revolution
FEBRUARY 17, 2020
Reporting: Street Art NYC (LINK)

The following post is by Houda Lazrak:

While visiting Santiago, Chile in late December, I sat down with Santiago-based architect and street art/graffiti expert Sebastián Cuevas Vergara. We met a few blocks from one of Santiago’s main urban landmarks, Plaza Baquedano, now known as Plaza de la Dignidad or Dignity Square — the main site of Chile’s protests against social inequality that erupted last October following a hike in subway fares.

Every Friday afternoon, thousands gather in Plaza de la Dignidad to express their frustration with the high cost of living, rising rents, government corruption and an unsustainable social welfare system. The walls in the vicinity are plastered with protest posters, tags, graffiti, wheatpastes and other varied urban interventions.

Sebastián shared some of his thoughts and observations about the current state of public space in Santiago:

So much has changed here since I last visited Chile in 2013. What are you up to at the moment?

I am currently teaching a street art class at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Chile. This a particularly pertinent moment to be talking about people’s relation to public space in view of all the street art that has surfaced since the social crisis started.

Yes, it does seem extremely relevant.

I have a thesis: Santiago is the city with the most diverse graffiti in the world at the moment. There is poetic graffiti, urban graffiti, feminist graffiti, political graffiti…

And so many posters too!

The languages of the streets are changing. When the protests started, designers started making posters: a simple, straightforward, immediate response. Posters and graphics have been part of Chilean identity since the 1970s, so this was quickly picked up again.

Is this happening mainly in the city center?

It is concentrated in the center of the city. This is where it has the most significance, near ‘zona cero’ where the protests surface every Friday.

How have the graffiti and street art changed in Santiago since the social revolution erupted?

There are several changes. First, many artists are no longer signing their works. The personal nature of graffiti is not of essence now. Artists are, instead, giving their art to the movement. This is particularly interesting, because the graffiti scene in Santiago is very competitive. Second, works are much larger in scale because artists are collaborating. Third, performance art is integrated into the protests and with the graffiti and street art. Finally, feminist street art is now at the forefront. The work of groups like the Chilean feminist collective LASTESIS has gone viral.

Shelter in Place Uploads Special

Wash those hands! Be safe! Maybe don't go out painting right now??
Music: Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Echo and the Bunnymen
Submissions, photos by: Josiah, niklaq, RobertPower415
This photo: In Sacramento, CA (RobertPower415/reddit)

Istanbul (just one)
Banksy (just one)
Hamburg (just one; more TXMX uploads coming soon)
Sacramento (just one)
Oakland (just one)
Boston (just one)
Providence, RI
Mexico City/CDMX (just one)

……. San Francisco ………

Early 2000s classic by Claude
Upper Haight St.
Mission District (just one)
Valencia St.

New Pics: TXMX goes all Hamburg for your social distancing pleasure

Once again, Stencil Archive welcomes the annual submissions from one of the site's longest-running collaborators. We always enjoy seeing what's going on in the streets of (mostly) Hamburg, DE and TXMX gets the goods. Thanks always, and hope all is well with you over in the EU zones.

The ass bubbles stencil: art by zoon; photo by TXMX (Hamburg, DE)

Since you're supposed to be inside and distanced, get a little closer with three dozen TXMX photos of art in the Hamburg streets. More artist uploads coming soon!

Pre-Spring Uploads for the Stencil Archive

Thanks for submissions: Brooklyn Street Art/Jaime Rojo, Raven, and Josiah
Musical support: the best band from Vermont
Coming soon: The 2020 TXMX uploads (all Hamburg)!
Photo: Ensemble Reel wheatpaste on Haight St., SF, CA

>NEW< Ensemble Reel (FR)
>NEW< amazing cut paper art of Pippa Dyrlaga (UK)
Berlin (photos: Jaime Rojo)
>NEW< Sajjad Abbas (IQ)
Praxis (just one; photo: Jaime Rojo)
Oakland, CA (just one)
Upper Haight, SF
24th Street, SF

2nd Circuit Upholds VARA, and 5Pointz Decision

A Stunning Legal Decision Just Upheld a $6.75 Million Victory for the Street Artists Whose Works Were Destroyed at the 5Pointz Graffiti Mecca

The ruling shuts down the defendant's claims on practically every count.

Eileen Kinsella, February 20, 2020
Artnet.com article here

In a sweeping 32-page decision eviscerating the legal arguments of a disgruntled Queens real estate developer, a US Appeals Court affirmed the rights and monetary damages awarded to a group of graffiti artists whose works were destroyed without warning or consent in 2013.

The artists sued the developer, Gerald Wolkoff, in 2013 for violating their rights after he whitewashed their work at the famous 5Pointz graffiti art mecca in New York to make way for condos. A jury ruled in favor of the artists in November 2017, but it was up to a judge to determine the extent of the damages.

In February 2018, Brooklyn Supreme Court judge Frederick Block awarded the artists a total $6.75 million in a landmark decision. The sum included $150,000—the maximum legal penalty—for each of the 45 destroyed works at the center of the case.

The trial was a key test of the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), which grants visual artists certain “moral rights” for their work. Previous VARA cases rarely made it to trial, and were instead settled privately.

But the act, which was added to copyright laws in 1990, disallows the modification of works in ways that could be considered harmful to artists’ reputations, and grants protections to artworks deemed to be of “recognized stature.”

In his appeal, Wolkoff challenged practically every aspect of the decision by Judge Block, from the amount of the award, to the suggestion that the graffiti murals at 5Pointz merited protection under the “recognized stature” clause.

But Wolkoff was rebuffed on all points in the latest ruling, and the court took the additionally extraordinary step of citing his own lawyers against him. “Wolkoff’s own expert acknowledged that temporary artwork can achieve recognized stature,” according to the decision.

Know Your Spray Paint - Molotow Belton MSDS Excerpts

MSDS [Material Safety Data Sheet] for #01463 - MOLOTW BELTON SPRAYS
Molotow Paints [Note: Could not find MSDS on company's website.]
Link to complete 2017 MSDS Sheet

1.2 Relevant identified uses of the substance or mixture and uses advised against

  • Application of the substance / the mixture: painting
  • Uses advised against No further relevant information available.

2.1 Classification of the substance or mixture
Classification according to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008

  • GHS02 flame: Aerosol 1 H222-H229 Extremely flammable aerosol. Pressurised container: May burst if heated.
  • GHS07 Eye Irrit. 2 H319 Causes serious eye irritation.: STOT SE 3 H336 May cause drowsiness or dizziness.

Hazard statements

  • H222-H229 Extremely flammable aerosol. Pressurised container: May burst if heated.
  • H319 Causes serious eye irritation.
  • H336 May cause drowsiness or dizziness.

Precautionary statements

  • P101 If medical advice is needed, have product container or label at hand.
  • P102 Keep out of reach of children.
  • P103 Read label before use.
  • P210 Keep away from heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources. No smoking.
  • P211 Do not spray on an open flame or other ignition source.
  • P251 Do not pierce or burn, even after use.
  • P261 Avoid breathing vapours/spray.
  • P271 Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
  • P305+P351+P338 IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
  • P312 Call a POISON CENTER/doctor if you feel unwell.
  • P337+P313 If eye irritation persists: Get medical advice/attention.
  • P410+P412 Protect from sunlight. Do not expose to temperatures exceeding 50 °C/122 °F.
  • P501 Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.

Additional information:
Without adequate ventilation, explosive atmosphere/gas mix may be created.
Contains CAS 222716-38-3 Polyamide and fatty acid derivatives. May produce an allergic reaction.

SECTION 3: Composition/information on ingredients
3.2 Chemical characterisation: Mixtures
Description: Mixture of substances listed below with nonhazardous additions.

Dangerous components:

  • CAS: 67-64-1: acetone: Flam. Liq. 2, H225; Eye Irrit. 2, H319; STOT SE 3, H336: 25-<50%
  • CAS: 74-98-6: propane: Flam. Gas 1, H220; Press. Gas C, H280: 10-<25%
  • CAS: 106-97-8: butane (containing ≤ 0,1 % butadiene (203-450-8)): Flam. Gas 1, H220; Press. Gas C, H280: 5-<10%
  • CAS: 108-65-6: 2-methoxy-1-methylethyl acetate: Flam. Liq. 3, H226: 5-<10%
  • CAS: 123-86-4: n-butyl acetate: Flam. Liq. 3, H226; STOT SE 3, H336: 5-<10%
  • CAS: 75-28-5: isobutane (containing ≤ 0,1 % butadiene (203-450-8): Flam. Gas 1, H220; Press. Gas C, H280: 5-<10%
  • CAS: 9004-70-0 nitrocellulose with water (not less than 25% water, by mass): Unst. Expl., H200: 2.5-<5%
  • CAS: 1330-20-7: xylene: Flam. Liq. 3, H226; Acute Tox. 4, H312; Acute Tox. 4,: H332; Skin Irrit. 2, H315: 2.5-<5%
  • CAS: 64-17-5: ethanol: Flam. Liq. 2, H225; Eye Irrit. 2, H319: 1-<2.5%
  • CAS: 7397-62-8: butyl glycollate: Repr. 2, H361; Eye Dam. 1, H318: <1%
  • CAS: 222716-38-3 CAS 222716-38-3 Polyamide and fatty acid derivatives: STOT RE 2, H373; Aquatic Acute 1, H400; Aquatic
  • Chronic 1, H410; Acute Tox. 4, H302; Skin Irrit. 2, H315;: Skin Sens. 1, H317: <1%

4.1 Description of first aid measures
After inhalation: Supply fresh air; consult doctor in case of complaints.
After skin contact: Immediately wash with water and soap and rinse thoroughly.
After eye contact: Rinse opened eye for several minutes under running water. If symptoms persist, consult a doctor.
After swallowing: If symptoms persist consult doctor.

SECTION 16: Other information
This information is based on our present knowledge. However, this shall not constitute a guarantee for any specific product features and shall not establish a legally valid contractual relationship.
Relevant phrases

  • H200 Unstable explosives.
  • H220 Extremely flammable gas.
  • H225 Highly flammable liquid and vapour.
  • H226 Flammable liquid and vapour.
  • H280 Contains gas under pressure; may explode if heated.
  • H302 Harmful if swallowed.
  • H312 Harmful in contact with skin.
  • H315 Causes skin irritation.
  • H317 May cause an allergic skin reaction.
  • H318 Causes serious eye damage.
  • H319 Causes serious eye irritation.
  • H332 Harmful if inhaled.
  • H336 May cause drowsiness or dizziness.
  • H361 Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child.
  • H373 May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
  • H400 Very toxic to aquatic life.
  • H410 Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.

Know Your Spray Paint - MTN 94 MSDS Excerpts

MSDS [Material Safety Data Sheet] for #01440 - MTN 94 SPRAY PAINT
Montana Paints
Link to complete 2017 MSDS Sheet

MTN 94
Code: AC0140003
Version: 7 Revision: 30/06/2017 Previous revision: 23/06/2017 Date of printing: 23/10/2018

RELEVANT IDENTIFIED USES AND USES ADVISED AGAINST: Intended uses (main technical functions): Paint.
Sectors of use: Consumer uses (SU21).
Uses advised against: [_] Industrial [X] Professional [X] Consumers

This product is not recommended for any use or sector of use (industrial, professional or consume) other than those previously listed as 'Intended or identified uses'.

DANGER: Flam. Aerosol 1:H222+H229 | Skin Irrit. 2:H315 | Eye Irrit. 2:H319 | STOT SE (narcosis) 3:H336 | STOT RE 2:H373i | EUH066
Danger class
Classification of the mixture
Flam. Aerosol 1:H222+H229 Skin Irrit. 2:H315
Eye Irrit. 2:H319
STOT SE (narcosis) 3:H336 STOT RE 2:H373i

Routes of exposure
Skin Eyes Inhalation Inhalation Skin
Target organs
Skin Eyes CNS Systemic Skin
Dryness, Cracking

Full text of hazard statements mentioned is indicated in section 16.
Note: When in section 3 a range of percentages is used, the health and environmental hazards describe the effects of the highest concentration of each component, but below the maximum value.
Hazard statements:
This product is labelled with the signal word DANGER in accordance with Regulation (EU) No. 1272/2008~1221/2015 (CLP)

  • H222 Extremely flammable aerosol.
  • H229 Pressurised container: may burst if heated.
  • H373i May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure if inhaled. H319 Causes serious eye irritation.
  • H315 Causes skin irritation.
  • H336 May cause drowsiness or dizziness.

Precautionary statements:

  • P101 If medical advice is needed, have product container or label at hand.
  • P102 Keep out of reach of children.
  • P103 Read label before use.
  • P210 Keep away from heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources. No smoking.
  • P211 Do not spray on an open flame or other ignition source.
  • P251 Do not pierce or burn, even after use.
  • P271-P260d Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Do not breathe spray.
  • P410+P412 Protect from sunlight. Do not expose to temperatures exceeding 50oC/122oF.
  • P501a Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local regulations.

Supplementary statements:
EUH208 Contains polyhydroxyalkylamides, 2-butanone-oxime. May produce an allergic reaction. Substances that contribute to classification:
Xylene (mixture of isomers)
Ethyl acetate

Hazards which do not result in classification but which may contribute to the overall hazards of the mixture: Otherphysicochemicalhazards: Vapoursmayformwithairamixturepotentiallyflammableorexplosive. Otheradversehumanhealtheffects: Nootherrelevantadverseeffectsareknown.
Other negative environmental effects: Does not contain substances that fulfil the PBT/vPvB criteria.

3.1 SUBSTANCES: Not applicable (mixture).

3.2 MIXTURES: This product is a mixture. Chemical description: Aerosol.

HAZARDOUS INGREDIENTS: Substances taking part in a percentage higher than the exemption limit:

  • 15 < 20 % Butane
  • 15 < 20 % Xylene (mixture of isomers)
  • 15 < 20 % Ethyl acetate
  • 5 < 10 % Propane
  • 5 < 10 % Isobutane
  • 1 < 2 % Ethylbenzene
  • 1 < 2 % n-butyl acetate
  • < 0,15 % Polyhydroxyalkylamides
  • < 0,15 % 2-butanone-oxime

Symptoms may occur after exposure, so that in case of direct exposure to the product, when in doubt, or when symptoms persist, seek medical attention. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Lifeguards should pay attention to self-protection and use the recommended protective equipment if there is a possibility of exposure. Wear protective gloves when administering first aid.

Inhalation of solvent vapours may produce headache, dizziness, fatigue, muscular weakness, drowsiness and, in extreme cases, unconsciousness.
Remove the patient out of the contaminated area into the fresh air. If breathing is irregular or stops, administer artificial respiration. If the person is unconscious, place in appropriate recovery position. Keep the patient warm and at rest until medical attention arrives.

Skin contact causes redness. Prolonged contact may cause skin dryness.
Remove immediately contaminated clothing. Wash thoroughly the affected area with plenty of cold or lukewarm water and neutral soap, or use a suitable skin cleanser. Do not use solvents or thinners.

Contact with the eyes produces redness and pain.
Remove contact lenses. Rinse eyes copiously by irrigation with plenty of clean, fresh water for at least 15 minutes, holding the eyelids apart, until the irritation is reduced. Call a physician immediately.

If swallowed, may cause irritation of the throat, abdominal pain, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
If swallowed, seek immediate medical attention. Do not induce vomiting. Keep the patient at rest.


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