According to Jon Fernquest, the purpose of the Hopewell Pillars was to help commuter transportation but fell to graft and inefficiency of the governemnt. And yet, as he writes, "On and around these structures, unknown artists - those who straddle the fine line between art and vandalism - have found their canvases. Cutting-edge graffiti artists have spray-painted comic images, satirical quotes and abstract patterns, and they help add a vibe of urban discontentment to these unfortunate ruins. Some of these images are professionally created, and even deserve a showcase in museums or art galleries.One of the lettered creations reads: "Carcasses of the cheating culture." The illegal nature of graffiti does its social service by reminding us of another, bigger, more detrimental illegality."
Bangkok's Stonehenge fell in early 2013. Let us mourn the loss of art.