Signature (Red)

Mark on pavement, transformed.

I’m not sure what the purpose of this marking was, originally. If it was for municipal maintenance of some kind, it’s unusual in that it was made by a fluid drip rather than the usual spray paint. I don’t think it was urban tagging of any kind.

So: is the image posted here mine, half-mine, or not mine at all? I ask myself these kinds of questions all the time. Photography is a minefield of ethical concerns and dilemmas, and if you turn a deaf ear to them, you miss out on an important part of the artistic dialogue. Yes, I think it is important to care about these questions, both as a matter of personal and cultural moral integrity AND as a part of the creative process itself.

Since the original mark was in no way intended to stand alone as art, and it resides on public property and was probably made by a public servant carrying out government business, I don’t believe that any private copyright could be considered vested in the first place. In addition, I have substantially altered the medium, context, framing, and color. Of course, as we say on the intertubes IANAL (I am not a lawyer), and I have no idea how this might play out in a court of law—not that I can imagine anyone actually bringing suit over it.

Here’s what the camera saw:

What do you think?

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