In the late 70s, Rocco’s edgy, colorful, and playful expressionist art first graced the large bland concrete walls connecting Sakuragicho and Takahashi Station in Yokohama. Within two years, his comic-like images of children drawn in chalk filled a one kilometer wall. The City Managers occasionally painted over them as “unaesthetic” graffiti and scribbling, but many survived and won great favor among the public. In an unprecedented decision, the city eventually relented and by the early 80s “The Wall” became a famous place for public drawing attracting hundreds of international artists from all walks of life.
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