Kenyon Graffiti

Kenyon artwork with potential.

An expression of potential.

Among things never spotted in admissions pamphlets (frowning people, or seasons other than the fall) are aspects of Kenyon that wouldn’t necessarily have charmed Philander Chase. Granted, he would probably be more shocked by the prevalence of women on campus and the things they wear, but graffiti is an undercurrent of the architecture here that falls notably outside the Hogwartsian trend.

Of course, campus is hardly overrun with spray paint — nor would I want it to be (read: The Thrill does not encourage you to try to become the Ohioan Banksy). But as a medium gaining ground as an art form, it is an interesting reflection on the thoughts some of us apparently feel like broadcasting to the world via the Mather breezeway or Caples elevator rather than Kenyon Confessions. Once you look for it, it’s all over the place:

Subtle:

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Alarming:

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Political:

"MILITARY SUPERIORITY WILL NOT SAVE US FROM OURSELVES" / "never wait to late"

“MILITARY SUPERIORITY WILL NOT SAVE US FROM OURSELVES” / “never wait to late”

Creative:

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Encouraging:

"Hello, beautiful people." / "Sup"

“Hello, beautiful people.” / “Sup”

Nihilist:

"NOTHING."

“NOTHING.”

Arguably misguided:

"LEWIS THUG LIFE"

“LEWIS THUG LIFE”

Factual:

"A SHARK IS THE ONE FISH THAT CAN BLINK WITH BOTH EYES."

“A SHARK IS THE ONE FISH THAT CAN BLINK WITH BOTH EYES.”

Philosophical:

"dust in the wind man" / "We all float on all right." / "Even if things get just a bit too heavy."

“dust in the wind man” / “We all float on all right.” / “Even if things get just a bit too heavy.”

Or just plain sad:

"I should have been an ARHS major."

“I should have been an ARHS major.”

Freedom of expression? Vandalism of public property? Seen better examples in corners of Gambier? Let us know below.

6 responses

  1. want more animal facts? check out the horn bathrooms…there’s one about hummingbirds! and it’s numbered like that shark one

  2. I was once told that the “We Could” in the breezeway is the work of the unforgettable Andrew Pochter. Can anyone confirm this?

  3. Pingback: Kenyon Conspiracy Theories: “Agnew was framed” | The Thrill

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