A Year-Long Duel In Red: Frame By Frame

Street artist Mobstr recently shared a photo story that took place over the course of a year. The artist explained how it came about:
“I cycled past this wall on the way to work for years. I noticed that graffiti painted within the red area was ‘buffed’ with red paint. However, graffiti outside of the red area would be removed via pressure washing. This prompted the start of an experiment. Unlike other works, I was very uncertain as to what results it would yield.”

Below is what transpired over the course of a year. I’m not sure if it was the same council worker called to deal with the graffiti each time, but I sincerely hope it was, and it became personal. I think I may be missing the odd shot, but you will get the gist of the duel.

The battleground:

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The duel begins with ‘RED’

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Someone else adds graffiti

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Gone

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RED

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I’ve somehow missed a photo. Graffiti would have been gone. Then next, helpful instructions on how to deal with each line

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50% gone

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Polite reminder

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Gone. But someone adds to the other side.

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That goes. RED is back.

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Another artist attempts to make a connection

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Council worker is hard of heart

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RED back.

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Gone

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Outside the zone

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Gone

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Back to basics

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Can’t spray til the paint dries

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Another polite reminder

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Someone else joins in, and the ‘other side’ artist returns.

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The other side is overlooked. Perhaps now Council Worker is consumed wholly by his personal feud

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A perfectionist

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Pissed off Council Worker now means business

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Clear

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A continual loop

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Another joins in

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Council worker departs, gleefully rubbing his hands

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Final goodbyes

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22 thoughts on “A Year-Long Duel In Red: Frame By Frame

  1. Oh my word! What a battle! I wonder about the expense of constantly pressure washing and repainting that building! Maybe I need to have that job! Obviously there is job security. 😀

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  2. Haha. This reminds me of a pub in Schenectady, NY called Pinhead Susan’s because of a similar battle with graffiti.

    A teenager, in 1981, painted (about her sister) the words, Susan is a pinhead on a wall by the train station. After a while it was painted over. Whereupon, Susan is still a pinheadwent back up on the wall. (The teen who painted the original graffiti swore she only wrote it the once.) Nevertheless, the battle went on for 15 years, with the city painting over the graffiti about Susan being a pinhead, only to have it go back up in some form almost immediately after. Finally in 1996, the city came up with an anti-graffiti paint. People were disappointed to no longer be told that Susan was a pinhead. Until 4 years later, when a pub down the street from the train station opened up as: Pinhead Susan’s.

    The restaurant is still enjoying great business, and evidently, Susan is still a pinhead.

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  3. This is the stuff that could fuel a graduate thesis in ‘art&sociology’ or some such category.
    Love this relevant, thought provoking, humorous, photo-journalistic documentary…
    (And that Pinhead Susan’s account is a real hoot!)

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  4. What an awesome post! I love it. The photos taken over a year tell a truly amusing story of a duel between council worker and the mysterious RED (and friends). Thank you for sharing this … It’s started my day off with a laugh 🙂

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