Last month, NOM Crew – three Romanian street-artists (Obie Platon, Irlo and Kero) joined their time and skills in creating this amazing mural piece of art. The gigantic graffiti illustrates Saint George fighting the Dragon, and the idea of this particular scene was picked up after the name of the closest location (Saint George Square, near the Bucharest’s Old Town) and one of its possible meanings is that conflicts are useless and unconstructive. The beautiful painting is the result of 36 hours of work in difficult conditions and it’s an initiative of Interesting Times Bureau and Iustin Moldovan.
The irony is just perfect. After its finalisation, the nearby church protested against the mural painting and asked to be painted over or erased. The conflict avoidance the street-artists wanted to emphasize was thrown away in the wind. “[The painting] would risk being buffed, because the priest from the church near the wall complained it was disturbing due to its unorthodox representation of the battle between Saint George and the Dragon”, writes The Reart.ro.
First of all, the graffiti has nothing to do with the church. It doesn’t bother any of the christians. There are tourists in the capital who take pictures of it. The thing that could easily pass as “unorthodox” it’s just the unusual and surrealistic way the artists decided on. The Romanian church proves once again its cultural poor knowledges and its already legendary ignorance. Second, deleting the painting not only would break the free-speech and artistic liberties, but would basically negate the work of a bunch of good intended people who were asked to do something nice for their city and they delivered.
This particular situation proves one more time that in Romania censorship is still an issue we’re facing, and unsuccesfully fight against, like poverty, unemployment or corruption. Hopefully, one day we’d behead this Dragon once for all.