Council cleaners mistake artwork for graffiti


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


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

  2. 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?

    • 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.

        • 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

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

        • 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!

    • 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

    • 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.

  3. 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.

      • 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.)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?


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