Zen Spot #74 -- Mindfulness, meditation and a wandering, anonymous street artist February 10, 2018 00:05
I love street art. From Sharpie drawings cemented to the back of traffic signs to large paintings outside corner bars, the need for visual artists to express themselves has always fascinated me. Each artwork tells a personal tale.
Ninety miles of love
I found the artwork above in Philadelphia, in October. Its story turns like the page of an esoteric children’s book. Something about a jester, a king and her court.
Six months later, while walking on Jane Street in New York City, I passed another drawing by the same artist. Plastered to a similar mailbox, it fit the same profile. Trimmed, with a rounded top. Black and white, but different. Flimsy paper that three rainstorms could destroy.
A confession shared one page at a time in cities across the world, it is personal — and awful. Truth shared, with the express intent of never having one person know the whole story, the creator screamed quietly at the planet.
The southern sky
In Philadelphia, I leaned back against the green metal, faced the southern sky and folded my legs. An awful page from a personal story opened in my mind’s eye. Sometimes it’s enough to simply absorb the sun on one’s face.
An artist, entrepreneur and writer walking the Buddhist path, his art focuses on the Dharma Wheel. The four wheels shown above are among over 600 DharmaMechanic has created over the course of his career. Each has a unique story. If you’d like to read the story of these wheels or purchase a framed 20" x 20" ready-to-hang print, visit SilkDharma.com.