《申报网》28号说，主创是法国涂鸦艺术家Seth（Julien “Seth" Malland），和他合作的是上海艺术家施政。他们在进行一个叫做“发现夜上海”的实验项目，希望记录下这个老去的城市角落最后的脸庞。
So Much Demolition, So Much Repression In Fine Graffiti
In the ruins of a demolition site of Shanghai suddenly
appeared many fine graffiti.
While people were amazed by its rare beauty and passion,
these graffiti were sadly demolished overnight.
It seems to bring resonance and memory of something.
On top of the rubble sits a girl embracing an old broken house.
Above her head is a massive color
of either memory of her dream or looming cloud.
A few dimples on the wall seem to become a tear drop
of silence on the girl’s right cheek.
A girl trying to escape inside a hole of a tree covered
with the imprint, “demolish”,
but a close look showed the words are fruits the tree bore.
Face to face, a boy and a girl could not see each other
nor talk to each other.
Their faces disappeared along with the door that was gone.
This is a demolition site on Lane 600, Kangding Road
of Jing’an District, Shanghai.
The bright colors suddenly brought the ruins back
to people’s life.
People talked about it, netizens discussed it.
It became a hot spot for former residents, photographers,
tourists, and even brides to be.
The graffiti of playfulness and a touch of sadness sparked curiosity.
Who did it and why?
According to a Shanghai Times report, it was done
by artists Julien “Seth” Malland and Shi Zheng on a project,
“Discover Shanghai Nights”, in a hope to record the final days
of the aging corners of Shanghai.
Old houses are the core of these graffiti.
A fairy-tale-like house was either carried or held by a little girl.
But the Chinese character, demolish, constantly pulled people
back to the reality.
Artist Shi Zheng joked, “This is a pinch of sad salt
on realistic wounds."
After a few days of excitement, on Jan 24, all around the ruins
were hung warning signs, “Construction site, No entry”.
The graffitied walls were either torn down or pitted with holes.
The graffiti were sadly destroyed overnight.
Guangming Daily commentary read, “The graffiti in the ruins
turn naturally to ashes;
but when it was appreciated by the public,
the spade ruined it all.
The authorities’ violence and ‘convenience’ is inevitably
offensive and questionable."
To the victims of forced demolition,
this only reflects traces of frustration.
Shanghai resident Yu Zhonghuan: “They will destroy anything
that seems to oppose, accuse or mock.
Think about it.
Why did they portray the evicted owner as a little girl?
It is because the little girl is the most vulnerable, the weakest.
It is a very appropriate analogy.
Compared to the powerful regime, we are the vulnerable group,
the kids, in the fight with a giant."
Yu Zhonghuan used to live in an old house near the graffitied
He became a petitioner after his house was vacated.
He was just recently released after being detained for 8 days
for joining a rights petition to Xi Jinping on May 15.
Du Yaming is another victim of forced eviction and demolition.
He’s witnessed more than a decade of brutality
on his petition path.
Shanghai resident Du Yaming: “Since I started the petition,
in just a little more than a decade,
those familiar faces who have perished, died of unnatural
causes, have added up to 40 or 50 people in my memory."
Du Yaming has experienced detention time after time.
He’s tortured by electric batons, lifted with hands tied up at the back,
forced to starve, exposed to extremes of weather, cold and hot.
He is just one of many victims who experienced this ill treatment.
Du Yaming: “In the eyes of foreigners, whether they are
the writers, painters or reporters,
they only see the face of the Communist Party.
Only those of us at the bottom of society
and often ill-treated by the Communists
can profoundly realize the evilness of the CCP."
The graffiti have been stripped off
and the ruins remain in the night.
Does it record the aging beauty of Shanghai
or touch the pain that no one dares to face?
Interview & Edit/ShangYan Post-Production/ShuCan