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Veterans’ association Tabruk House attacked with graffiti

The Rats of Tobruk Association House located in Albert Park has been vandalised with graffiti for the fourth time in the past three months, as the facade of the building represents a white canvas for taggers.

The veterans gained recognition because they held out a siege during eight months by Irwin Rommel, a German general and his Afrika Corps. The Rats of Tobruk, mainly Australian, along wit…

Memorials in Melbourne vandalised with graffiti

The past Australia Day was once again the centre of the debate, when Captain Cook’s statue at St Kilda was covered in pink paint and tagged with the words “no pride”. Also, the memorial to Burke and Wills located near the Melbourne Zoo, was vandalized with green paint and the words “stolen”, both attacks were made a day before Australia Day. As a result, the council increased t…

Tower Melbourne site ordered to clean graffiti

The site called ‘Tower Melbourne’ in the corner of Bourke and Queen streets in the Melbourne CBD, was meant to be a mega tower of apartments with 71 storeys. The dream included an impressive building that would represent living in the heart of Melbourne, but the dream was cancelled when the development company abandoned all plans to continue with the construction.

As soon as the building…

Victoria’s measures against graffiti

A new measure to prevent graffiti has started to become popular among Victoria’s Mayor, it consists of street art or murals specifically painted in hotspots where taggers used to commit offences.

This measure prevents the councils from spending more resources on graffiti removal because it protects local buildings. Another alternative to this is applying protective coatings, so when you ar…

Melbourne compared to the Bronx

The past Australian Open has attracted tourists and visitors from all over the world, mainly from the UK, US, New Zealand and China, with numbers as high as 80,000 interstate visitors.

Many of these visitors had to make their way to the sport venues and some of the sightseeing views through public transport. Unfortunately a lot of the public transport including the gateway railways are full of…

Graffiti as a ‘hate crime’

The amount of ‘hate crimes’ around the world is rapidly increasing. Every time it gets easier and easier to find stories about racist demonstrations, religious related hate crimes and terrorist attacks. The most recent display was the attack that a 20-year-old man did, ramming his car into a group of people in Virginia, who were protesting against a white supremacist rally. This kind of hat…

City of Sydney removes graffiti on Hyde Park

Graffiti is used to bring awareness

Last weekend monuments across the CBD of Sydney were vandalised with graffiti, including phrases like ‘change the date’ and ‘no pride in genocide’. The attacks in Hyde Park happened between 2am and 3 am on Saturday 26. The affected monuments include the statue of Capitan James Cook and one of Lachlan Macquarie. The attacks seemed to spread quickly as the City of Sydney reported other…

Melbourne’s measures to prevent graffiti

Melbourne is well known for its laneways full of street art and graffiti, millions of tourist visit iconic places such as Hosier Lane to take pictures and fill their Instagram accounts with street art works. Even the government encourages this form of art, not only because of the tourism benefits, but also it is celebrated because it makes dull spaces beautiful. There are even programs that allow…

Street art to prevent graffiti

Painting murals to fight graffiti

During the first weekend of August, Inner West Council celebrated the Perfect Match initiative, aimed to prevent unwanted graffiti and also as a measure to increase the resources allocated for graffiti removal. The weekend included three days of free street art, culture tours and neighbourhood celebrations.

This is the fourth year that the program has taken place and it was originally…

Graffiti swastikas covered with art

Using art to combat hate

A new way to deal with anti-Semitism vandalism has risen, swastikas painted in public spaces are being creatively covered, just another alternative to graffiti removal. It all started in Germany, with a street-art collective from Berlin called Paintback.

The idea came from artist Ibo Omari, who owns a graffiti supply store in Berlin, it was there when one of his customers, not a regular one,…

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