While Denver is home to plenty of awesome street art, as well as festivals that celebrate it as the new Art RiNo, there has recently been an influx of a different type of painting to the city. Marking is on the increase and damage is costing owners thousands of dollars.
“People broke in and others spray painted the store,” says Kerry O’Brien, who opened Bar 404 at 404 Broadway late last year. “One of the last cases of vandalism was when someone spray painted our windows with some kind of acid which chewed away the window. We brought in three companies to try and fix the problem, but this paint particular got so deep into the window that when they tried to clean it the window turned into a misty mess the worst part is that every time we fix them someone comes back and paints bomb.
But as the comments on Westword’s Facebook post from our tagging story show, the art is in the eye of the beholder. Josh says:
Graffiti is more interesting than brick walls. Some people like color and expression more than a bunch of boring buildings that all look the same.
If they adopted it like they do in RiNo, it might add some culture to otherwise bland areas. If you let your wall be used by the right artist, it can really add value.
I think two things should happen to graffiti artists, in addition to being found guilty by a court:
1. They should be spray painted over most of their body, including the genitals.
2. They must be made to remove their disfigurement by hand with a scrub brush.
Denver loves their cheesy street art, which helps garish high-rise gentrification take hold while looking “urban,” but can’t handle actual graffiti, which is how most of these mural artists started and many still do.
What is the problem? This stimulates a lot of economic activity and jobs! Since when Westword become a right-wing hate outlet? With a recession looming, we need more broken windows. Keynesianism FTW!
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