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