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Using Street Art to Fight Against Graffiti 

Graffiti is not just unsightly and a criminal offence but a significant drain on Councils resources. The City of Greater Dandenong’s Street Art Project aims to use street art to fight against graffiti. This is done by covering the walls in commissioned Street Art. While some taggers and stencil artists might be just interested in communicating among themselves, others have managed to turn their art into a career. Local artist Julian Clavijo was given the enormous task of covering the dilapidated substation in Springvale. The outcome was truly impressive! And yes, how he drew those children upside down so well is boggling my mind too!

MS’ Graffiti Department was in charge of applying a protective Anti-Graffiti coating to the Street Art. Ensuring many more passers-by can enjoy this beautiful piece of art. The Anti-Graffiti coating allows for easy removal of any graffiti without any damage to the Street Art.

Since this Street Art was finished back in March, Urban Maintenance Systems (UMS) has not had to remove any graffiti off it. Previously, our team members were removing graffiti off the substation on a weekly basis. The transformation of graffiti to street art brings colour and life to the local community.