Wednesday, February 27, 2008

More Graffiti



This caught my eye because it's a nice combination of three things I like: murals, ads faded on the side of brick buildings, and graffiti. Unfortunately, the graffiti isn't really inspiring, but what can I do?

The quote on the mural reads "Indication of harm, not proof of harm, is our call to action" and is a quote from Rachel Carson. To the left of the center you can see a sign saying "Rachel Carson was right". I had no idea who Rachel Carson was when I saw this, so I had to come home and do my research...which I will now share with you fine folks.

Rachel Carson was born in 1907 in Pennsylvania and studied marine biology (including a stint here in MA at Woods Hole). She wrote articles on conservation and conducted research for the government, and in her free time she took her government research and "turned it into prose", producing first articles and then books. I found this quote on the website, and I think it sums up her writings nicely: "Embedded within all of Carson's writing was the view that human beings were but one part of nature distinguished primarily by their power to alter it, in some cases irreversibly."

During WWII she started to warn about the misuse of pesticides in her writing, and called for a change in how humankind viewed the natural world. She was challenged by many - including the government and the chemical industry - but continued to speak up about issues of human health and the environment until she died after a long battle with breast cancer.

It's not surprising that you'll find a mural dedicated to an ecologist in Cambridge - Cambridge is a very eco-conscious city and frequently seems to be a step ahead of Boston in that department.

5 comments:

Clueless in boston said...

I like the mural, but I am curious why there are only women depicted? The graffiti is pretty lame and only serves to deface the building.

I'm a little older than you and was surprised you hadn't heard of Rachel Carson. Don't they teach about Carson in science courses in high schools and college anymore?

Hyde DP said...

I love the old faded advertising and quite like the murals but the graffiti leaves me cold [or hot if it is really an eyesore]

The Lone Beader said...

I love the mural! I could use a mural on the cement wall of my parking lot. That would be cool.

Cowbark said...

Clueless - you're barking up the wrong tree asking questions about what I learned in science classes! I'm totally NOT a science person, so it's pretty possible that they taught about her in middle/high school. In college the only sciences I took were physics, and more along the lines of "physics of light and sound" and "physics and the search for extra terrestrial life"...this communications major doesn't know squat about science!

What got me about this graffiti is that it's taking away from the awesome faded ad - I'm more a fan of graffiti like I posted the other day where it's actually had some thought put into it.

Southern Heart said...

Nice photo (but the graffiti is aggravating, isn't it?), and interesting history, too!