Analysis of U Chicago graffiti

September 4, 2011
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Seen on Slashdot: Crescat Graffiti, Vita Excolatur.

The graffiti preserved in Pompeii after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius provided unique insights into Roman street life. The Mayan graffiti found in Tekal and the graffiti left by Vikings also give us small glimpses into the past. What kind of insight might a longitudinal study of the graffiti on the walls at the University of Chicago’s main library provide into the lives and minds of this community of college students?

The objects of student love vary widely, with "Puerto Rico," "this silence," "Tiramisu," and other miscellanea appearing alongside the usual references to people, school, and life in general.

Each phrase is linked to a photo of the graffito in question on Flickr.

It looks like the project itself has a website of the same name.

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