Sunday, August 07, 2005

Understanding Noah



It's a provocative statement, sprayed across the side of a prefabricated corrugated metal shed in Amsterdam Oost: "This is why Noah build his ark." But what does it mean?

Noah built his ark because of the joys inherrent in a construction site? Because of the amount of rain falling in Amsterdam this summer? ...Or Because of a society so morally corrupt that wanton vandalism of others' property becomes merely a second thought to one's own agendas and messages?

9 Comments:

At 6:21 PM, Blogger Michaël said...

Nice that you've noticed one of these statements. I just had a thought yesterday of photographing all the statements by this 'author'. I've seen several across the city. One of them is somewhere in Oud-Zuid and says: "Jesus cried green blood".
Somehow all of his (hers) statements have something to do with Christianity.
And I think it's because of all the rain... Is this summer?!

 
At 8:25 PM, Blogger Eric Asp said...

That would be interesting to see how many of these statements you can find throughout Amsterdam. I think this is the first one I've seen with my own eyes, but Bret Poppleton once posted a photo on his blog, saying: "Johnny prefers a holistic view" (see post from 12 May 2005 on poppleblog.blogspot.com) that seems to be done by the same person...

"Jesus cried green blood," huh? That's a weird one...

 
At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Ariënne said...

I think Laser 3.14 is a guy (so 'he' is good). If you go to http://www.dekliek.nl/articles/lasers you can read an interview (in dutch) and see that a lot of his statements do get photographed by others as well. Don't think the guy is a christian. But, yeah, he's pretty intriguing. He's pretty active around where I live (Amsterdam-West) and he makes me wonder quite often.

 
At 12:46 PM, Blogger Michaël said...

He Ariënne,

Are you sure YOU are not behind this?! The titles of your weekly e-mails are pretty vague too. A coincidence, or...
:-))

 
At 2:21 PM, Blogger Eric Asp said...

That's true, Ariënne... You do seem to know an awful lot about "Laser 3.14" and you have the creativity to match. And if it's true that a lot of the Laser 3.14 art is in the West, well, you may have blown your cover. It was a good try, though, throwing us off-track with the "he" reference. :-)

Seriously, though, I enjoyed the article that you recommended. Strange how there's such a sense of subculture and artistry associated with spray-painting someone else's walls!

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger seth said...

Could it be enviro-tagging? Green blood? Construction as evil?

 
At 8:27 AM, Blogger Tanner & Emily said...

What does a Church leader do? Does that mean like a pastor? Is it a Christian church?

 
At 1:20 AM, Blogger Michaël said...

Looking a bit further for Laser 3.14 on the internet, I found his own website. There is also an interview where he's asked about the "Jesus cries greens blood" tag. This is (part of) his answer: "Ik las vroeger veel over UFO's en ik vond het wel grappig om van Jezus een alien te maken. Niet dat-ie meteen buitenaards is, maar hij was natuurlijk heel vreemd voor zijn tijd, een revolutionair. Een revolutionair denker."
There is more, but that's a little vague. Like more of the interview is. But nice to get some background on the weird tags across the city."

The page with his answer. It's at the bottom of the page.
The whole interview (choose the 'Z Street Magazine' one - the other one is good too b.t.w.)

 
At 1:24 PM, Blogger Eric Asp said...

Just to answer the question about being a "church leader" -- yeah, it's basically just a different way of saying "pastor." I work with a team of people to lead a church for young people in the city center of Amsterdam. And yes, we are a Christian church. You can follow the links on my main page to Zolder50 (that's the name of the church) and to GCM (that's the missions organization that sponsors our church), if you want to learn more about the ministry that I'm involved with and our beliefs...

 

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