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Street art on display at France's "TAG" exhibition

Mary Clark (thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

The verdict is out on whether graffiti is art, or vandalism, but enthusiasts in Paris, France recently celebrated the intensely hued street art at the first annual TAG Graffiti Exhibit.

Graffiti traces it roots back to New York some 40 years ago, but the phenomenon has spread around the world. Mary learned much about the French response during her visit to the TAG exhibit.

For a transcript of this story, and additional photos, visit the Mary Clark Traveler website.

Mary Clark Traveler can be heard Tuesday mornings at 7:20 during Morning Edition on KETR.

Mary Walker Clark is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston Law School. She practiced law in Paris, Texas for 29 years before retiring to pursue her lifelong passion for traveling. Besides writing a travel column for the Paris News, Mary maintains her travel blog, MaryClarkTraveler.com, and spends hours planning the next trip. Her interest in public speaking led her to radio with its magical ability to promote storytelling without all of the visuals. Through her experiences and words, Mary takes you with her to Vietnam, New Zealand, Guatemala, Tunisia, and many other countries as well destinations in Northeast Texas and the United States.