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Before and After
14-FEB-2013

Before and After

Graffiti of the cruder splashy kind is something I regard akin to scribbling. But there is no doubt that there is a fine tradition of true graffiti artists in many countries. In a lot of places it is a struggle for their work to endure as they can frequently be lumped in with the careless spraying taggers.
The picture on the left above was one that made many a grey day of mine more colourful.
But the other day I saw a white van driving down our road, and from signs on the van I could discern that it was the graffiti police from the local council. And sure enough, a walk around the park today revealed the second picture above: evidence of the removal of this colourful rainbow from our lives.
I miss that rainbow.

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J. Scott Coile17-Feb-2013 00:02
All in all we're just another brick in the wall ;-)
Mairéad16-Feb-2013 22:29
I must say I agree it was a pity it's been taken away - another sort of vandalism!
It was a thoughtful and colourful piece of street art which took skill to execute.
Johnny JAG16-Feb-2013 18:26
I have to agree the rainbow was the better type of graffiti
Walter O. Koenig16-Feb-2013 16:50
An interesting discussion for sure. Where do you draw the line between what is graffiti and street art, and where should street art be allowed, if at all? Here an entire park was opened up to artists who painted on the pillars of a bridge and several overpasses. In my opinion it looks better than gray columns, but judge for yourself:
http://www.pbase.com/amoxtli/chicano_park
Terri Steele16-Feb-2013 15:04
We could use some graffiti police around here, but it is sad to see enjoyed art destroyed
Barry S Moore16-Feb-2013 11:53
Quite an interesting discussion . Good graffiti should be allowed in designation locations.
David Barrett16-Feb-2013 11:52
"Street Art" in the right place can really brighten up a town or city when done really well. Bighton in Sussex is a great place for some "good" graffiti which is totally different to the mindless vandalism we often see! Sorry about you rainbow, Maire! :>)
laine16-Feb-2013 08:52
We have graffiti council police too. My theory is if you didn't pay for the canvas then it's not yours to use. !!
Alan K16-Feb-2013 00:20
"Scribbling" is a kind comparison. I have a more blunt one that I shan't repeat here, especially the little {grits teeth} "people" who go around spraying other people's homes, including their windows. However I'd agree that the one that was there did show artistic intent, was well executed, and didn't seem to be harming anything. In one way I can understand the council's point of view; it would be too hard to have someone saying "this stays, this goes" (and why should one person's taste dictate that?) but unfortunately it's at the cost of decent pieces like this being lost as well.
SRW15-Feb-2013 23:58
So do I.... I used to love walking round Bristol, seeing some of the work Banksy had done.... It was never malicious; and usually brightened up a dull place, improving it.... Sad....
Frank Brault15-Feb-2013 23:48
I do to. Kind of sad. V