EDITORIAL: Graffiti no way to make a point

Destructive, ugly, pointless graffiti achieves nothing except a headache for those who have to clean it up.
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GRAFFITI is one of those art forms that can be ugly and pointless or beautiful, subversive and meaningful all at the same time.

The people who scribbled some fairly pointless things all over public facilities in Egan Park, as well as spreading rubbish and being destructive, did not show an ounce of the true creativity or resistance to the system with which graffiti is usually associated.

They merely showed the world a very limited vocabulary and a capacity for amusing themselves that barely touched the evolutionary capacity of a caveman.

There are many examples in Perth of graffiti art which has been commissioned to add colour to the city.

These artworks are big, bold, interesting and meaningful.

They evoke fantasy worlds, comic books and sometimes fantastic creatures.

They are there to challenge people’s perceptions and make them think about life, the system they live under, the nature of reality.

That is where graffiti becomes art, and something worthwhile spending time on.

Destructive, ugly, pointless graffiti achieves nothing except a headache for those who have to clean it up.

Their time is worth more than that, and so is the time of the graffitiers.

If you are going to make a mark on the world, make one that means something, changes something and makes the world a better place.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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