When you paint on a wall in the middle of the city, people want to talk to you.

They want to tell you how they would have painted things differently, choosing a different shade of green, or a different subject entirely. They want to know why you're there. They want to tell you their stories.

"You did that, man?" they ask. "That is allllright."


For six days last week, the artist known as Gaia painted on the side of a Korean rice cake factory in the 2000 block of N. Charles St. in Station North. Read on.