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 duel begins with ‘RED’
Someone else adds graffiti
I’ve somehow missed a photo. Graffiti would have been gone. Then next, helpful instructions on how to deal with each line
Gone. But someone adds to the other side.
That goes. RED is back.
Another artist attempts to make a connection
Council worker is hard of heart
Outside the zone
Back to basics
Can’t spray til the paint dries
Another polite reminder
Someone else joins in, and the ‘other side’ artist returns.
The other side is overlooked. Perhaps now Council Worker is consumed wholly by his personal feud
Pissed off Council Worker now means business
A continual loop
Another joins in
Council worker departs, gleefully rubbing his hands