Is the magic gone?
I'm hoping that public art goes through cycles. When I first discovered the place (just off Lamar Blvd.) I saw a lot of large works that were done with a great deal of talent and no small amount of technical skill. The painters did bit works and the use of colors and textures could be very complex and nuanced. There are still remnants of some of the works I saw early on but it seems that the great, unwashed public has made a go of "discovering their inner artist" and this seems mostly to involve haphazardly spray-painting words over the more figurative art. "Fu$#" seems to be a favorite word of the new breed of players but various women's names, as a category, are a close second.
This seems to be one indication that the spot is a little less magic than it had been while the other clue is that there is now a trailer on the site that sells graffiti themed gift items. These gift items include the omnipresent t-shirt as well as mini-poster of the wall from its glory days as a fresh art piece.
I'm interesting in both the intersection of art and the public as well as the evolution of publicly accessible art so I made it a point to drop by last weekend as I was road testing my Buff camera wrapper. I'm happy to report that the camera and lens I was using did a great job of rendering the wall's sunshine lit areas as well as the areas in shade. I am less happy to report that a decent camera and lens doesn't make the slow but seemingly relentless degradation of the art any better.