Graffiti Removal

Former City Councilman Supports Unsanctioned Duncan Mural

Duncan policies should encourage artistic expression By Paul Fletcher – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial I can’t help but wade into the community mural controversy. It is just too attractive to pass up, especially since the mural proponents have put Duncan city council against the wall, essentially forcing them to condemn the mural, its creator and the voice behind the mural. Now council is so fired up, they will likely order the mural removed. Anarchy just cannot be tolerated in the…

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The Duncan Debate: Process vs. Painting

Monday, October 15, 2012 – 2:38 PM By Natasha Riebe Cowichan Valley The controversy on graffiti in Duncan is expected to continue Monday night when a contingent of people from the Duncan Garage and neighbouring groups present a petition at City Hall. Council is also expected to discuss whether the word ‘community’, painted in big pink and purple letters between the Garage and the Phoenix Pub on Duncan St., should be painted over. At least four councillors believe it should…

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Race of Woman in Arkadelphia Mural uncovers Racism in the Community

Here is a story that demonstrates some of the issues that can arise when a mural touches a deeper seeded issue in the community. Some community residents got offended when the central image in an Arkadelphia mural was “too dark-skinned” for them. Some people working with the artist even suggested that he should “lighten her hue.” This is despite the fact that Arkadelphia has a large African American population. We are happy to report that the artists are holding firm…

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See Orozco’s Mural in a New Light

This gives you a better definition about what CRP stand for. They are all about murals and with this being a historical piece of art this is a great story to share with you. There is a lot of meaning behind this mural. It tells the story of indigenous people and European historical experiences. The Orozco Room in Baker-Berry Library, which houses one of Dartmouth’s greatest treasures, José Clemente Orozco’s major mural cycle The Epic of American Civilization, has reopened…

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Egypt’s Aerosol Uprising

  On Martyr’s Road in Downtown Cairo, the ghosts of Egypt’s uprising haunt every single step. After the terrible clashes which erupted here in November last year, the long thoroughfare leading east off Tahrir Square became an unofficial shrine for Egypt’s revolutionaries; its walls transformed by street art into a mesmerising point of pilgrimage. The murals, which included Banksy-style stencils depicting victims of the regime, clearly unsettled the Egyptian Government – one evening in September, municipal workers arrived under the…

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Cairo’s superficial clean-up brings artists out in force

The people of Cairo’s response to the whitewashing of murals and writing created during Egypt’s revolution has been very telling about the role of art in uprising. For the newly empowered authorities, the upheaval is over and there is a need to return to “order.” The people’s reaction has been far different. They want the revolutionary artwork there to inspire them and they will not allow that history to be erased. Contrast this to London’s response to MEAR ONE’s controversial…

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Modesto at the Crossroads

Councilman John Gunderson appears to have suggested something practical. Employing aerosol writers to beautify Modesto and develop a colorful, creative attraction for a city lacking in originality. There’s just one problem. He’s opposed by Councilman Dave Lopez, who is advocating for the same failed idea that has never worked! Councilman Lopez is the driving force behind Partners in Paint, “a private / public partnership in graffiti abatement.” Its unclear what sort of partnership this is, but the website is highly…

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LA Mural Ordinance Passes out of City Planning

It’s hard to tell if this is truly a victory or not. The ordinance that passed includes strange provisions such as murals can not be painted on buildings with less than two units. So single residence homes cannot have mural on them? Why not? It has yet to be determined if the final ordinance had a permit process. CRP has repeatedly argued that permit processes are too restrictive and limit the creativity of the community. Still CRP is cautiously optimistic…

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The Censoring of MEAR One

Last week, CRP covered the story of MEAR ONE’s controversial new mural in London, Freedom for Humanity. This week, we are sad to report that Tower Hamlets council is seriously considering erasing the new piece. Notice that, in the original story, the mural has now been labelled as “Anti-Semetic” in large letter, while MEAR’s response that the piece is about class and privilege is at least 3 times smaller. Nowhere in the conversation are class or privilege mentioned. It is…

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