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30 Years of Graffiti Chipped Off a Wall Reveals Colorful Layers of Decades-Old Art

Ever look at a graffiti wall and wonder what would happen if you scraped off a bit of paint? Well, Imgur user Paul De Graaf saved you the trouble by chipping away at a wall of graffiti in the Netherlands. This is what he found.

Over 30 years of paint caused an incredibly colorful stratification that is almost like reading the rings on a tree trunk. The hardened layers of paint form a vivid timeline all the way back to the 1980s, when this space in the town of Nijmegen became a center of art and music. De Graaf has even cleverly created a visual look at history using the paint itself. In this case, walls really do talk.

Doornroosje is a graffiti hall of fame in the Netherlands. In the 1980s it was a hub for art and music.

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Paul De Graaf decided to take a chip of paint off the graffiti wall to see what it looked like.

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The results of 30 years of spray paint are stunning. Colorful layers of paint are like archeological markers on the wall.

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He even made a clever timeline using the paint chip, just like using the rings of a tree trunk to mark time.

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Paul De Graaf: Imgur
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All images via Paul De Graaf except where noted.

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