Graffiti: From the awful to the artistic

April 15th, 2014 Category: Educational Establishments

When it comes to mess that can really spoil both private and public property, graffiti has to be one of the worst offenders. 

Though at times – with the right artist working in the right space – it's easy to see how it can become art, there still remains the problem of genuinely disruptive graffiti. 

One woman in Hull, Jacky Ward Lomax , ended up establishing a Neighbourhood Watch group following the appearance of threatening graffiti on her garage. 

And members of the Victoria Avenue East group have recently reported that the issue of graffiti has become worse in the Avenues in Hull, reports the Hull Daily Mail. 

Spray paint marks have appeared on several garages in a local tenfoot in between Ellas Street and Victoria Avenue.

Some 30 garages were marked in the most recent spate and a local house has been graffitied more than once in incidents the police have been made aware of, it was reported April 3rd.  

Ms Ward Lomax has explained to the news provider that she started the Neighbourhood Watch group several years back as a result of the local graffiti issue. She found graffiti on her own garage that demanded "don't cover me over" and included an obscenity, she has explained. 

"People often paint over the graffiti, and we even had Vineyard church volunteers helping to clean it off, but then they just sprayed back over it," she had complained. 

"Some of the graffiti has been eight foot high and it looks dreadful. It fills whole garage doors. It sets the tone for the whole ten foot, it makes the place look awful and somewhere you wouldn't want to be," she has also said. 

Ms Ward Lomax added that the marks were visible to any people walking in the local area. 

Despite action days and long cleaning sessions, the mess – mostly made up of so-called tags – has reappeared, she explained. 

Many people have told Ms Ward Lomax the problem is intensifying, particularly during the last few days, she also told the news provider according to its April 3rd report. 

Meanwhile, abandoned buildings might seem like just the sort of place that might attract the wrong sort of graffiti, but one in Malmesbury has a much more welcome sort on it these days. 

According to the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, Burnham House, a closed and abandoned home for the elderly, has recently seen the addition of animal-themed paintings from a graffiti artist called Luke Hollingworth.  

Paintings like a dinosaur, giraffe and pigeon have helped turn it into a tourist attraction, it seems.

Mr Hollingworth reportedly spent a week painting in his spare time to add animals to the property. 

His favorite addition is a giraffe and was painted using a 20 ft high ladder. 

Though as this shows, not all graffiti is the sort that people find disruptive, if you need to get rid of graffiti, Niviro can help. 

Graffiti removal is just one cleaning job we're able to carry out. 

And one type of building where this can be needed, for example, is schools, where pupils can sometimes mark property in a way that is undesirable and needs to be rectified.