The other night we stepped outside for a walk to discover a giant patch of bright blue paint slapped onto the raw brick wall of our building… much of which splattered onto my plants below.
There are so many reasons why I think this is a bad idea:
- 1. I actually kind of liked the graffiti.
- 2. The paint serves as an enticing canvas for further graffiti, which means this is only going to spiral into a never-ending sloppy application of paint that will inevitably fall onto my plants and the soil. Even my illustrator neighbor who is not into graffiti remarked that it was hard to resist the temptation to make a picture on that nice colorful background.
- 3. Who paints over beautiful, aged brick? People pay big bucks to have that stuff REMOVED.
- 4. The painters will also trample on my plants.
- 5. DUDE. That blue! This is not Miami Beach.
And one reason for the pro side to this argument:
- 1. The City has a policy about graffiti that holds building owners responsible for graffiti removal. They will actually fine the owner if the “offending” graffiti isn’t removed in a timely manner. Now I may not be a retail business owner but even I can see that’s a little unfair. People are not going to stop painting on buildings. The owner of my building could have paid someone to remove the graffiti but my guess is that whatever-colored paint was the cheaper alternative and he went ahead with this insanity for that reason. The only positive in it from my perspective is that the chemical used to remove spray paint from the brick is probably more toxic than that paint. So over time, repeated removals with toxic paint remover would have a much longer and damaging effect on the garden.