Council cleaners mistake artwork for graffiti

November 5, 2010 | by | 52 Comments

Council cleaners washed away a charity street art project by teenagers – after they mistook it for GRAFFITI.

Council cleaners mistake artwork for graffiti

Teenagers spent eight hours creating chalk Halloween murals on pavements as part of charity The Campaign for Drawing’s event The Big Draw,

But the following morning proud youngsters returned to take photographs of their artwork and found a council anti-graffiti worker washing away their efforts.

Danny Quinn, of Buszy art centre, in Milton Keynes, Bucks., where the murals were painted, said the clean-up operation was a real ”disappointment”.

He added: ”Artist Lauren Clemmet worked with the young people to develop their designs and ensure that all pieces produced were non-offensive and contained the spirit of Halloween, as well as the Skateboarding culture which surrounds the Buszy venue.

Council cleaners mistake artwork for graffiti

”It was a real disappointment to see the Street Care team remove the artwork the very next morning.”

A spokesman for Milton Keynes Council claimed no one had informed them that the artwork on the pavements was a community charity project.

He added: ”We work hard to remove graffiti throughout Milton Keynes on both our land and with an ongoing agreement with Homes and Communities Agency, which owns the land in question.

”Neither ourselves or HCA were informed of the event so our team cleaned the area in good faith.”

Council cleaners mistake artwork for graffiti

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  1. Ckrueger2639 says:

    I think it lookeed kinda cool u dumb flamers!!!!

  2. Steve says:

    That council are liars!!! They need to get out of their ivory tower and actually get involved with the communities they represent!

  3. Mirage says:

    Soooo, these kids worked for hours on this project and the powers that be did not notice?……….Why would anyone want someone that clueless in charge?

  4. Comments says:

    Liberal Morons.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Here is a rule: If you can mistake some “art” for graffiti, it should probably be removed anyway.

    • guest says:

      Why should it be? One person’s idiotic presumption that it’s “graffiti” is someone else’s “pure” artform.

      Just because something is ugly to you doesn’t make it not art.

      • Fosterfla says:

        If I put a statue of Jesus in a jar of urine do I demand that you accept it as art??

        • NoPressRedButton says:

          sure, just tell everyone it symbolizes Catholocism and how it is drowning in the built up byproducts of its natural processes, the toxic waste left over from two thousand years of celibacy and Jeso-cide, having now been drained of the power to perform miracles he fights to stay afloat in the consciousness of mortals. hehe

      • David_michael_koch says:

        “doesn’t make it not are.” Seems like someone needs to learn grammar and art, LOL!

    • JR says:

      Umm, you’re an idiot. It was done by artistic kids.

    • Katja says:

      How many times have property and business owners pitched a hissy after painters painted over their Banksy paintings without informing them ahead of time?

      • Anonymous says:

        You think banksy is an artist? You are an idiot, Katja Mouse

        • guest says:

          And I thought you just had a silly opinion earlier.

          Now I know that you really ARE a buffoon. Thank you for clearing that up.

        • ricochet252 says:

          Banksy is an artist. He qualifies in just about every category you could pick in judging art. Jarvis you must not have seen much of Banksy’s art, or in it’s context, which is critical to it being graffiti.

    • I guess they probably should have left a sign of something saying ‘this isn’t graffiti, it is a community based charity event and should not be cleaned up until the children have a chance to take some pictures for posterity sake.’

      Now wouldn’t that have solved all this? CAPTAIN HINDSIGHT TO THE RESCUE!

    • Moneysack0 says:

      Graffiti is as much a form of art as anything else. If graffiti isn’t art, Picasso was just some retard who drew really really badly

    • iTroll says:

      here’s a better rule:
      when an asian on the internet named jarvis speaks, you have every right to laugh at her super asian picture.

  6. Refrrmig says:

    Maybe you should ask permission before drawing on someone ele’s property

  7. Philip S says:

    Well, when you saw that the GOP gained the majority in the U.S. House, you could expect this to happen.

  8. Sarah says:

    DERP, its supposed to be DERP not HERP

  9. WhoReallyCares says:

    Who cares, anyway? There are more important things in the world to cry about.

    The kids had fun drawing on the street. That was the point. If the adults really cared they would have taken pictures that day/night.

    It is no one’s “fault”. It is just an oversight. Happens all the time with more important things. Move on. Nothing to see here.

    • espian2 says:

      Yes there are more important things to cry over–like the comment above yours.

      • ricochet252 says:

        God, get a life. It was an unfortunate occurrence. If it makes feel like you’re a better person to go around pointing fingers, blaming people you don’t know one whit about, YOU are the real loser. Picking on an easy target like politicians or a political faction shows little imagination, little ability to deal with adversity, and a victim’s attitude.

        By the way, I’m an avowed liberal, but even I can recognize a tempest in teapot(do what you want with that.)

  10. It’s chalk for crying out loud. If it wasn’t offensive, save some money and ground water and let Mother Nature take care of it. True graffiti is much harder to get rid of.

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  12. Bejeezus says:

    Art is scary. We should erase all of it before somebody gets hurt.

  13. Wtfpeople says:

    Both sides failed. Sure they’re autistic, who cares. Nobody informed the council, so they dropped the ball too. Both sides are at fault. Done deal.

  14. Turdmidget says:

    Now they need to go visit that lovely little Sistine Chapel and clean its ceiling up a bit. Have you seen it? Some asshole drew all over it.

  15. embarassed for real humans says:

    Same imbeciles complaining about this not being art are the same who’ll holler when kids have nothing rewarding in their lives and steal their cars.

  16. Meh says:

    It was chalk, why bother cleaning it in the first place?

  17. who cares says:

    arguing on the internet is like participating in the special olympics; even if you win you’re still a retard.

  18. Observant says:

    You’re telling me these kids were putting this graffiti on the street for eight hours in broad daylight and no one noticed until the next morning on their rounds?

    Lol. What kind of idiots are running this anti-graffiti council?

  19. Sarah says:

    The council WERE informed of the project via the public arts team who chose not to support.

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