Here at RiotACT we thought we were verging on the incendiary (check it out! pictures on RA!) on the graffiti issue that Stanhope protege Aidan Bruford has ignited with his pastime of nocturnal vandalism.
But the front page of this Sunday’s Canberra Times was certainly opening a new front in this pitched battle which the Government now finds itself occupying unusual ground on. (Lets face it, normally a government is unequivocally against vandalism and not employing confessed graffitists in their closest councils)
The online story is sadly lacking the picture which dominated the front page of the paper.
While putting heat under the issue at this time is obvously a calculated act, the story had an interesting new element.
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Manager of Blades Menswear Rodney Narayan, however, said there was no alternative for him but to commission the mural.
Fed up with having to paint over graffiti weekly, and having been told graffiti artists didn’t tag each others’ “work”, he forked out about $2500 for the mural last November as a last resort.
“We had been battling [graffiti] for a long time,” Mr Narayan said. “Since the wall’s been done no one has touched it.
If that isn’t already a protection racket it will be soon.
[Note: The Chief Minister finally did accept Aidan’s resignation, as reported here.]