05/03/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
Oh dear. Our new Super City has some super-sized explaining to do. Here is an article from the NZ Herald, which was sourced from the Dub dot dash blog site. The incident highlights the much-thrashed debate on whether graffiti art is a valid form of art…and, if so, where is it “allowed” to be seen? I am just glad someone took photos of this mural before its demise!
This mural (pictured) by artist Elliot O’Donnell (aka Askew) and others has been in the making for about 10 years. The artists have permission from the owner and tenants of the building, on Poynton Tce, off Pitt St [Auckland, New Zealand] – who have contributed financially to it. But last week the mural was painted over by the Auckland Council without permission of the owners, some say in an effort to clean up for the Rugby World Cup. According to blogger Peter McLennan the workers painting over it thought there had been a mistake so double-checked before starting the job. The council’s own website even says: “If the graffiti appears to be an artwork, ie, permission was given for the work to be done, it will not be removed.” Who’s next for a tidy-up, Super City?