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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

“Young urban artists will have a chance to show off their work to their peers and influence the recreational space they use,” said the press release by the city of Calgary, Alta., Canada. The Shaw Millennium skateboard park needed “art” to spruce up its bare walls, city administrators thought, and figured it would take three months to complete a mural. They even provided the paint. Two days later, the entire park was covered in paint — even the insides of the restrooms. “They destroyed the fricking park,” said Alderman John Mar. “They graffitied the hell out of it. They tagged the entire fricking park!” It was estimated it will cost C$30,000–60,000 (US$27,500–55,000) to clean it all up. “It did get out of hand, but they should have expected that — no one was watching or supervising,” said a local who uses the park. “What did they think would happen?” (RC/Calgary Sun) ...Local bureaucrats “think”? Funny man!
Original Publication Date: 27 September 2009
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 16.

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