“Keep on Grass” at 11 Spring St., NYC #1

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Here’s close-up shop of the “Keep on Grass” wood-cut.

We found this work at the street art gallery that is 11 Spring Street in Nolita, New York City. The sign’s message can be interpreted in more than one way, obviously. However, there’s also a degree of irony at play here if the declaration is taken literally, that is, in its inverted twist of the traditional sense of not walking on or stopping on a verdant lawn. The irony lies in the fact that there is scarcely any grass to keep off of (or “on”) along almost any given downtown block, including Spring St. The real tongue-in-cheek irony is that play on words and the imperative reference to “ingesting” a certain “herb.”

Ivan Corsa Photo