A 13 hr flight away, on another continent, speaking another language, colonized by another people. Macau, a small city a ferry ride away from Hong Kong, populated with hotels and casinos to rival those of Las Vegas. An imitation of an imitation but a good one nonetheless. A city of a vibrant but sometimes highly cynical people, dependent on tourists from mainland China, and yet distrustful and uncomfortable with this relationship. There are so many things I can comment on about this city, a place where I have many memories of since I was a small child. Many of the things I’ve observed here during my recent trip almost made me lose faith in humanity, and yet, there may still be hope.
All of the pictures in this post are found down one alley near “San Ma Lo” Plaza also known as the Senado Square near Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro.
The all-seeing eye was the first thing I noticed, prompting me to enter the alley.
This post provides pretty good information about where this tag might have come from. There’s always endless development and construction in Macau too!
The red line in the above picture looks almost like an umbilical cord, or may be symbolic of a blood line/idea of lineage. The cross may be taken to depict death, and it is curious how there are construction cones beside it. Come to think of it, some of the graffiti I’ve seen have been around construction areas, right on the construction fences themselves. Some that I’ve seen (but don’t have pictures of, sorry) say “the meaning of life” in Chinese characters.
A closer look at the red profile stencil from above:
Most of the writing in the picture below are pretty self-explanatory.
Edit: Apparently, “start from zero” is the name of the collective responsible for this street art!
“Zatoy”. This one doesn’t seem to fit with the rest…
As usual, all pictures are taken by iPhone 4S, click to enlarge!