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  • The beauty of public art is to me unquestionable, though some do not agree with me. They see it as vandalism.

    It becomes even more poignant to me when it tells a story of someones life, and their travails or pain and losses.

    This railroad tag reads, "For junior, night of the full moon; ASHES"

    The artwork, as much as beautifully executed, tells of the death of someones beloved child.

    Is this really something we should view as vandalism? Or is this the heartfelt outpouring of someone's soul, in the loving hand of an artist?

    This picture was taken in Spokane Washington, in the Valley Industrial park, the year of 2006, during a break at work, behind the Columbia Lighting manufacturing plant. I've seen the tag since on rails in both Washington, and Oregon.

    I think the railroad companies haven't had the heart cold enough to paint over it.
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