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Graffiti "artists": Any new ideas for catching these little bastards?

by fredo
on 7/7/2008 @ 8:23am
Traveling north on I-5 yesterday I noticed one of the new retaining walls near the highway 16 turnoff defaced with a huge green example of graffiti. How long until all these new retaining walls are similarly covered? Are there bloggers who think this is attractive or alternatively, have any new ideas for dealing with this scourge?

by escaping slave on 7/7/2008 @ 8:31am
My suggestion: Get a paintball gun and take aim. Fighting paint with paint, how is that not fair?

by intacoma on 7/7/2008 @ 8:31am
do you think that wall is attractive how it is? I look forward to more going on those walls

by fredo on 7/7/2008 @ 8:45am
For the record, the retaining wall is your typical unattractive poured concrete retaining wall. Made somewhat less attractive with the "art".

IT@ How about the same graffiti placed on one of the museums downtown or across Frost Park? Looking forward to that as well?

by intacoma on 7/7/2008 @ 8:50am
yup, gives people work.

by fredo on 7/7/2008 @ 8:55am
IT@ I applaud you for your consistancy. Also for your new avatar. I can't look at that little guy without bursting out laughing.

by KevinFreitas on 7/7/2008 @ 8:59am
Too many walls are really bland and I wish commissioned murals (graffiti-styled or otherwise) would go up. This would keep unwanted graffiti down and possibly provide more of an outlet for local artists of all kinds.

by fredo on 7/7/2008 @ 9:14am
Kevin@ what "artistic" outlet do you recommend for the taggers who have no artistic ability, only the obsession to scrawl gibberish over everything?

by intacoma on 7/7/2008 @ 9:14am
I really hate those walls.

Amy McBride says its “It is groundbreaking work,”

Give it some color sheesh. For those of you who don't remember we outsourced the design to a Seattle artist.

Go Tacoma arts commission!

by intacoma on 7/7/2008 @ 9:16am
fredo the person who got up there does have talent, they had to fill up fire extinguishers with paint to do that ;)

by NineInchNachos on 7/7/2008 @ 9:19am
I think it is sad. the city spent TONS of money on that chain link pattern thing to dress up our I-5 corridor... making it a place you want to hang out to breath freely the idling car exhaust or a great place to contemplate suicide. And what do those kids do? in fill with color!

I say death penalty for child rapists AND urban colorists also.

unfortunately the funky ruffle texture will make it difficult to sandblast off.

imagine the pot holes we could have filled!

Lets get the kids to paint our crosswalks instead.

drivers are stupid when it comes to respecting the pedestrian, and I hate that. We should give them the death penalty. That will solve all my problems I'm sure of it.

by fredo on 7/7/2008 @ 9:28am
The wall in question is in front of Jennie Reed Elementary (I think). Perhaps someone with camera could post a photo. We went by too fast for me to see if the wall was composed of the embossed panels or just a flat surface.

by jenyum on 7/7/2008 @ 11:35am
Jennie Reed Elementary is a fine example of Punitive School Architecture. Seriously, what did the kids do to deserve to go to school in a cell block? The district should commission some murals for that building. Lowell is certainly much better looking with its floral front than it would be otherwise.

by fredo on 7/7/2008 @ 1:37pm
The graffiti mentioned is in the general vicinity of the school. It's not on the school.