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I really dislike all the graffiti murals in our local area. Why can’t we just grow creeping vines up the buildings to prevent young people tagging their territory?
Mr TG, Nelson Bay
Dear Mr TG,
Art is such a subjective thing. For every person who loves Monet, another loves Picasso. Some people have edgy prints hanging in their home, others have out-of-proportion dolphins and frangipanis. Some people don’t like art at all and instead have 256 photos of their family members (dressed in white, staring whimsically at rock formations) hanging on their walls. Each to their own.
I must admit, I’m not big on the graffiti murals, but they are certainly better than tags or some offensive scrawl that manages to combine sweet Millie from down the road with acts that would make Dr Dre blush. The one positive is that these people are trying to express themselves through the written from (though they really should learn how to spell).
I love your creeping vine idea. Absolutely love it. What a shame the local council isn’t big on green space. Instead, they seem to favour glowing white multi-storey developments that will only encourage our talented local artists to spread their incoherent messages in every nook and cranny of this coastal getaway.