Banksy on Melbourne’s Disappearing Stencil Art

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There is an interesting article today in U.K. newspaper the Guardian about the changing urban landscape of Melbourne, Australia, as the city tidied itself in preparation of the Commonwealth Games. The clean-up is a result of an initiative to remove graffiti and street art. The report, titled “The writing on the wall,” was penned by the well-known British street artist “Banksy.” According to the story, Melbourne’s effort to paint over its rich tapestry of urban art is enforced by the city’s new official zero-tolerance stance on anything that constitutes graffiti. This includes stencil art for which Australia’s second city has become famous internationally among followers and creators of street art. (Props to Robin for the tip.)