It was the most victimless crime imaginable.
Somebody spray painted the word "love" in cursive, underneath the bridge by my apartment. I saw the word outside my front window, early on Tuesday morning.
Unless you are Banksy, nobody is going to ask you about the motives behind your street art. But whoever created this particular work of graffiti put a lot of thought into it. The first thing that struck me was the half-hidden "DANGER" sign juxtaposed with the word "love." It's funny because it's true!
What I noticed a few days later was that the writing looked black some days, and bright gold on other days. This really threw me.
Was somebody so dedicated to advancing the concept of love that they were sneaking back every night to repaint the words in a different color? Closer examination provided a more plausible explanation.
It was a trick of the light. The bright gold paint was so reflective that at certain times of day, from certain angles, it reflected back a completely different portion of the spectrum.
I had to walk right up to the paint and actually scratch away a bit before I believed the gold hadn't been painted over the black.
That was when I noticed a third element to this clever street installation. Immediately to the right, but much fainter.
Was it the same artist?
Did they mean to say:
"MAKE IT WERK" or "MAKE IT TWERK"?
We'll never know. Authorial intent was unfashionable to presume even back when I was an undergrad.
Still curious, I googled the phrase "black and gold." This song by Sam Sparro came up. It was a dance pop hit a few years back. According to the songwriter, it's all about God.
(And here I thought only Moby could pull that off.)
I had planned to go to the gym that Sunday morning, but I stuck around.