Thursday, 1 August 2013

Opinions on the Graffiti Crisis on Cityrail/Transport NSW.

Upon many of my daily railway commutes I get bored and look out of the window in an attempt to spot some of the good graffiti around the area. Some of the art is really interesting (I'm not talking about the tags here, just the murals and art) and quite aesthetically appealing.

However very recently I've noticed more and more people complain about the graffiti that's there. Really? I personally don't see any issue with it and it's not blocking any view (except that of the wall). I really don't get why people whinge about some of the best quality art in Sydney.

Graffiti on trains (often referred to as panels) themselves are also a nice way to spend the time watching trains come into Central Station while waiting for a train. An example of this is below.


Furthermore, the state government is spending tens of millions of dollars every year, source: http://www.crimeprevention.nsw.gov.au/cpd/protectcommunity/graffitivandalism.html to clean up this graffiti. In my opinion this is wasted money.

I totally understand that there is a large security risk with the vandals getting onto the tracks but Cityrail (or Transport NSW as they now like to be called) could turn this into a positive and find the ways that potential terror attacks could be plotted.

Basically what I'd like to see happen is Transport NSW allow "panelling" but impose stricter laws on tagging. This way the art-form survives but the vandalism doesn't.

5 comments:

  1. Terrible idea, catch and prosecute all vandals, stop being soft on them to deter them.

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    1. What if cityrail (or Sydney trains) was to hire kids off the street to paint the areas around trains. This really comes down to whether you think Graffiti is an art

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  3. I've read your post Opinions on the Graffiti Crisis on Cityrail/Transport NSW. Quite worthy information.

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