Wednesday, April 18, 2007
"I advised the minister that if he didn't clean that damn thing off I would."So on Saturday morning Steve Pratt pulled on his rubber gloves and cleaned off the graffiti he'd had his eye on all week. Turns out that not only was it a commissioned piece but that Pratt had been told and painted over it regardless. Now the cops have been called in.
On ABC radio this morning Pratt kept talking about all of the community complaints he'd received about the piece, but not once did the breakfast presenter ask him to substantiate his claims. It took a caller named Tom to put to question to Pratt, who ignored it.
The Labor local council might not be able to get buses, taxis or schools working right, but at least they're not running around pulling stupid stunts like this fool.
If you, like me, are pro street art, wander over to flickr and check out the aussie street art group I kicked off a while back. It just keeps growing.
UPDATE: There's a top discussion about all this, and on distinctions between street art and tagging, over at The RiotACT.
Update 2: Zoe & Ducky have identified the artist - the excellent Byrd - and an image of the original piece. More including a shot of the stencil that got one of Stanhope's aides the flick.
Update 3: Graff boys respond outside the legislative assembly.
Update 4: Someone should tell Pratt that even the National Gallery of Australia's against him on this. They've been buying street art.