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REVERSE GRAFFITI: South African Artists Tag Walls By Scrubbing Them Clean
â€œThatâ€™s the beauty of the whole projectâ€ says Pace chuckling maniacally at the thought. â€œWe have had council guys in police cars stop us in the middle of the day while we are working and asking us if we have been commissioned to do this and when we answered no, they gave us thumbs up and said keep doing what you are doing.â€
â€œOur workâ€ he adds, â€œmerely highlights how siff (a derivative of the word syphilis and popular Durban colloquialism for â€˜disgustingâ€™) these city walls are.â€
While law enforcers and municipalities have no legal grounds to stop reverse graffiti they are, it seems, overly eager to eliminate evidence of their neglect by swiftly painting over the murals.
Ironically, such actions makes these walls ideal targets for taggers to leave more permanent stains.
â€œThe art on the walls draws attention to their states ofÂ neglectâ€ confirms Pace. â€œMunicipalities donâ€™t recognise the worth of our art and simply end up painting over them. Of course a concrete wall is porous, so the enamel of spray paint doesnâ€™t take so well but white-paint on the other hand just seals it. So really they just shoot themselves in the foot every time they decide to remove of our pain-staking scrubbings.â€
2 thoughts on “Reverse Graffiti”
I’m from Ecuador, in Quito many dirty walls, I like the graffiti, and I just know this art nodal want to know more of you as accentuated and very useful for cleaning materials. I await your response with the only goal that my country will take conciensia of pollution …. Julio Gutierrez
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