Graffiti Prevention: ‘How Not To’ 26.9.2012


Can I first say thanks to the hardworking volunteers from last weekend’s paint-over-anti-graffiti-murals working bee.

Their good intentions are seriously appreciated but I wish they’d had a different philosophical approach.

Perhaps those good intentions need to be harnessed by someone from Renew Newcastle or the placemaking team from Council. A quick in-service or induction prior to letting people loose or, god forbid,  a period for public comment on what walls they were allowed to vandalise and deface.

Just to show what a weirdo I am, here’s a link to a building I think looks great, which is given as an example of what you don’t want.

And here some shots – thanks to Google Maps Street View for the before shots. The blue door above is in National Park Street… I assume after the building owner presumably provided the blue paint. I could say ‘sucked in’ but I wouldn’t be so ungracious…




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6 Responses to “Graffiti Prevention: ‘How Not To’ 26.9.2012”

  1. Jacky Says:

    It is absolutely unbelievable that they have painted a over this art.

  2. Elizabeth Says:

    I was sure the S&W miller walls were a NCC youth project. Can anybody correct me?

    • Caity Raschke Says:

      I just sent an email to the GM which he will no doubt treat shoddily as he does all my (rare) correspondence. Dear Mr Pearce,

      I note that in a flurry of ‘anti-graffiti’ work, the wall of paintings on the side of the S&W Miller building in Stewart Avenue/Hunter Streets was painted over.

      A friend believes this was a NCC-sponsored youth art project.

      Could you confirm

      * whether this is in fact true ie was it a Newcastle City Council youth art project
      * what safeguards were put in place to ensure that the anti graffiti project would do no harm as it has in fact now done
      * what education NCC provided to the group.

      Murals are a tool well used by NCC throughout the LGA to prevent graffiti. What the wall now represents is a great spot for taggers which will cost the ratepayer funds to maintain.

      I have no doubt this project was well-intentioned and that this is a small error in an otherwise great project.

  3. Scott CooperJohnston (@ScotCoJohn) Says:

    Art bites us all on the arse, it’s that just some don’t notice it happening.

  4. Terry McCauley Says:

    I hear though that the building will come down shortly, new development to be built.

    • Caity Raschke Says:

      Thanks Terry – so not only has taste and respect for the work of others but common sense was a casualty as well. Painting a wall that someone with a lot of money can soon ‘fix’. At best this was a waste of the time and the energies of volunteers. Sad.

      > Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 04:23:42 +0000 > To: >

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