Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 14, 2014

Graffiti recalls famous art

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — It’s not a Banksy, the British street artist whose stenciled graffiti sells for millions of dollars, but it is an Eddie Colla, sort of.

Behind the building at 109 N. Main in Corsicana, easily visible from the parking lot on West Fifth Avenue, is a stenciled image of a woman wearing a bandanna next to the words “If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.” A second identical image is on the side of the Sweet Tangerine building on Fifth Avenue.

Colla is an Oakland, Calif., artist who created the original version of the “greatness” art. Colla calls himself a vandal, and his work has been reproduced so often in urban settings, typically on alley walls, that Walmart picked up the image and began selling it in its stores, calling them “Banksy,” works.

But how a copy of it showed up in Corsicana, Texas, on a downtown wall is another matter.

The owner of the storage building is attorney Glenn Sodd. The building is used for storage. The artwork showed up a couple of months ago, according to employees.


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