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Graffiti on Woden storm water drain now illegal

By whoodzzz - 13 March 2015 19

Ed: The ACT Government has removed the storm water drain on Callam Street in Woden from its list of legal graffiti sites

In case you missed it, the ACT Government has decided to remove the “legal wall” status of Woden Drains (Google maps link here) along with a bunch of others.

As someone who regularly visits these locations, I’m pretty concerned about the removal of free art space without community consultation.

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Graffiti on Woden storm water drain now illegal
dungfungus 12:23 pm 15 Mar 15

rommeldog56 said :

dungfungus said :

Maya123 said :

That’s a huge shame. I have walked along those stormwater drains admiring the artwork. There’s some good work there and I often suggest they are worth a visit. So, what’s the alternative? Bare, concrete. Oh, so scenic (not)! The artwork improves it a lot.

You are a bit of a thrill seeker or you don’t remember the flash flood there about 35 years ago.

There is also a colony of feral cats living in the smaller storm water drains that empty into the larger, open drain with the “street art” on it. I suppose some well intended people feed them.

If not, their existance there can not be good for any local woldlife still in that area.

Maybe they should be removed too – along with the street art ?

rosscoact said :

I’m not sure what is going on with the street art policy and implementation in the ACT. There’s ructions about the Yerrabi spillway site with government vandalising art.

I think there’s also a disconnect in the understanding of what is art and blokes in utes tasked with destroying graffiti. It’s the modern day equivalent of book-burning

I can’t wait for the era of smart-phone smashing.

HardBallGets 12:16 pm 15 Mar 15

Maya123 said :

Has anyone visited the lane ways in Melbourne with the graffiti?

Not sure I’ve seen anything in Canberra quite on par with Melbourne.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3807/11584345043_7beee47809_z.jpg

Regardless, removing the legal status on those Woden walls is pretty short sighted.

Maya123 10:42 am 15 Mar 15

Has anyone visited the lane ways in Melbourne with the graffiti? These are major tourist attractions. I saw people from all over the world taking photographs of the work and of themselves standing in front of it. I could have spent hours looking at the artwork. Some very good work and some done by international artists, whose work, if in a gallery, would sell for a fortune. Instead it is for all to enjoy and marvel at. I was in one less frequented lane way hunting for a Geocache when I was sprung when a roller door suddenly was raised. (I wonder if they have a camera and saw me with it?) It was a hidden art studio and I would guess that the artists who use that art space might have done a lot of the artwork in that lane way. I was asked what I was doing there. I didn’t want to say looking for a Geocache and give that away, so I said admiring the artwork, which was true. Then we had a discussion about the artwork.
https://www.google.com.au/search?q=melbourne+graffiti+lanes&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=-8IEVbrwJ8r_8QXIx4E4&ved=0CDIQsAQ&biw=1664&bih=1000
The Woden drains are on a par with that; only smaller in scale. It will be a shame if this interesting part of the city is removed and we get to look at bare concrete again.
I was also down in the Woden drain Geocaching and was spotted emerging from it. An elderly man walking his dog spoke to me. He said he saw someone look strangely at me, but he pointed to my camera (a great cover) and said he realised I was down there photographing the artwork. Then followed a discussion from both of us about how good it was. So, it is not only the young who enjoy it. Though not as elderly as this gentleman, I’m not that young myself.

dungfungus 8:17 am 15 Mar 15

switch said :

dungfungus said :

You obviously don’t know what a “flash” flood is.

Is it like a “flash mob?” Or a pop-up village?

Like a “flash mob”?
I can see the similarities. Both the flood and the mob suddenly appear from somewhere else and cause a lot of disruption and inconvenience to people going about their usual business through being a nuisance before they dissipate.
Re the “pop-up” village, well, it has taken months to appear and it won’t be going away so, no, it isn’t like a flash flood.

rommeldog56 10:23 pm 14 Mar 15

Weatherman said :

The only reason they had legal graffiti sites is because people were spray painting on other peoples private properties, such as fences and walls.

If that is so, then it certainly didn’t work.

switch 2:56 pm 14 Mar 15

dungfungus said :

You obviously don’t know what a “flash” flood is.

Is it like a “flash mob?” Or a pop-up village?

dungfungus 11:12 am 14 Mar 15

Maya123 said :

dungfungus said :

Maya123 said :

That’s a huge shame. I have walked along those stormwater drains admiring the artwork. There’s some good work there and I often suggest they are worth a visit. So, what’s the alternative? Bare, concrete. Oh, so scenic (not)! The artwork improves it a lot.

You are a bit of a thrill seeker or you don’t remember the flash flood there about 35 years ago.

Um, one doesn’t go down in drains if it’s raining, or has rained. But most of the time it isn’t raining and the ‘creek’ is a dribble, if anything at all. The artwork can also be seen from the top of the embankment, but I feel it can be enjoyed more by getting up closer.

You obviously don’t know what a “flash” flood is.

Maya123 8:44 am 14 Mar 15

dungfungus said :

Maya123 said :

That’s a huge shame. I have walked along those stormwater drains admiring the artwork. There’s some good work there and I often suggest they are worth a visit. So, what’s the alternative? Bare, concrete. Oh, so scenic (not)! The artwork improves it a lot.

You are a bit of a thrill seeker or you don’t remember the flash flood there about 35 years ago.

Um, one doesn’t go down in drains if it’s raining, or has rained. But most of the time it isn’t raining and the ‘creek’ is a dribble, if anything at all. The artwork can also be seen from the top of the embankment, but I feel it can be enjoyed more by getting up closer.

Weatherman 8:39 am 14 Mar 15

The only reason they had legal graffiti sites is because people were spray painting on other peoples private properties, such as fences and walls. I can see the government would like to clean up Woden as it appears somewhat derelict and unsafe in some parts of Woden with all the abandoned government buildings.

rommeldog56 8:12 am 14 Mar 15

dungfungus said :

Maya123 said :

That’s a huge shame. I have walked along those stormwater drains admiring the artwork. There’s some good work there and I often suggest they are worth a visit. So, what’s the alternative? Bare, concrete. Oh, so scenic (not)! The artwork improves it a lot.

You are a bit of a thrill seeker or you don’t remember the flash flood there about 35 years ago.

There is also a colony of feral cats living in the smaller storm water drains that empty into the larger, open drain with the “street art” on it. I suppose some well intended people feed them. If not, their existance there can not be good for any local woldlife still in that area. Maybe they should be removed too – along with the street art ?

rosscoact 8:03 am 14 Mar 15

I’m not sure what is going on with the street art policy and implementation in the ACT. There’s ructions about the Yerrabi spillway site with government vandalising art.

I think there’s also a disconnect in the understanding of what is art and blokes in utes tasked with destroying graffiti. It’s the modern day equivalent of book-burning

dungfungus 8:40 pm 13 Mar 15

Maya123 said :

That’s a huge shame. I have walked along those stormwater drains admiring the artwork. There’s some good work there and I often suggest they are worth a visit. So, what’s the alternative? Bare, concrete. Oh, so scenic (not)! The artwork improves it a lot.

You are a bit of a thrill seeker or you don’t remember the flash flood there about 35 years ago.

rommeldog56 6:37 pm 13 Mar 15

Well, there is plenty of “free” art (ie graffiti) spaces on the fences paid for and maintained by residents – particularly in laneways and on residents fences backing onto (and quite visible from), Isabella Drive, Chisholm.

Feel free – every other graffiti “artist” & tagger seems to !

Maya123 1:12 pm 13 Mar 15

That’s a huge shame. I have walked along those stormwater drains admiring the artwork. There’s some good work there and I often suggest they are worth a visit. So, what’s the alternative? Bare, concrete. Oh, so scenic (not)! The artwork improves it a lot.

Solidarity 1:04 pm 13 Mar 15

The building, Callam Offices, is slated to be sold, and the graffiti wall probably detracts interest from any potential buyers.

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