Comment 31453

By UrbanRenaissance (registered) | Posted June 02, 2009 at 07:43:18

Michelle Martin wrote

I would argue that this depends in part on its location. Just because art is subjective doesn't give one the right to trespass.

I absolutely agree Michelle, any type of graffiti on road signs, mailboxes or private property (without the owner's consent) is unacceptable. I wasn't arguing that artistic merit be the only decider of what gets kept and what gets painted over.

I also agree that some public space (or maybe private space if the owner consents) should be set aside for graffiti. What I was trying to say with my first post was if we went this route who gets to decide what stays up and for how long?. If it was on private property then obviously it would be up to the owner, but for city property its gets a little more complicated. Would it be automatically painted over each month, or would a Councillor(s?)decide?

Personally I'd rather see a web based system where each allowed location is shown on a map on the city's website, each location would have an email address associated with it for complaints/compliments, too many complaints from the neighbourhood and it gets painted over. Not a perfect system I know, but it would be a start.

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