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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:39 PM

Graffiti Church: Artist Hense Gives Place Of Worship A Wildly Colorful Makeover (PHOTOS)

Posted: 01/23/2013 4:47 pm EST



We can certainly appreciate the beauty in the classical aesthetic that so often characterizes sites of religious observance. But sometimes even traditional venues need a radical makeover.

Graffiti artist Hense did just that to a former church in Washington D.C.'s up-and-coming arts district. The artist got to work with the help of a small crew, using rollers, brushes, spray paint, inks, acrylics, mops, enamels and paint sprayers to cover every inch of the edifice in popping hues. After several weeks, the white church was transformed into a rainbow splattered objet d'art.

In an e-mail to the Huffington Post, Hense described the reaction to the extreme makeover as overwhelmingly positive, with a few exceptions. "There were a few people who thought of it as desecrating on the church," he wrote. "Although once it was explained that it was a work in progress and had positive thought behind the gestures, colors and marks, they generally understood."

Check out the church's metamorphosis below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/23/graffiti-artist-hense-church-makeover-dc_n_2536143.html?ir=Religion&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008#slide=2018705

Slideshow at link.

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cbayer Jan 2013 #1
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Response to rug (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:45 PM

1. I like it. There is also a movement in LA to paint foreclosed and abandoned

properties in order to bring attention to them.

Notorious Possession: Occupying Foreclosed Homes With Art
http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/notorious-possession-olga-koumoundouros.html



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Response to cbayer (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:49 PM

2. Good for them. It really doesn't take much to make these improvements.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:06 PM

3. Detroit's Heidelberg Project is another.

Although not religiously aligned, it is similar in character. Detroit is my home town, for my first 35 years. Cooley High class of 1966.

Heidelberg Project

Here are some beautiful examples:




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Response to longship (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:13 PM

4. Cooley?

I loved that movie. I wonder how different Chicagm Cooley was from yours.

Thanks for the Heidelburg link.

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Response to rug (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:29 PM

5. Yup, Thomas M. Cooley High School

Cooley High School



And it had a beautiful auditorium:


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Response to longship (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:31 PM

6. They don't build them like that any more.

There's also a law school in Lansing named after him. You can get a JD there in two years.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 05:28 PM

7. It would be funny if they had the wrong address. n/t

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Response to Ian David (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 05:33 PM

8. Lol.

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