Hosier Lane

18/4/12 – Graffiti Skulls

While walking through Hosier Lane opposite Federation Square there were two green skulls opposite the pavement. The overall image is very vibrant and the skull’s pronounced expressions do provide character. The cheek bones, jawline, teeth and eyes are exaggerated, which also provides the skull with a menacing grin.

The skull could be laughing at visitors walking past the street and perhaps the skull is ridiculing humanity. In comparison to Posada’s work, this particular image does feature very sinister qualities, although the colour or the expression could feature similarities with the Mexican Sugar Skulls.

Marchi, Regina.M. The Day of the Dead in the USA: The Migration and Transformation of a Cultural Phenomenan.  New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2009

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