The Graffiti Exposure in Wynnum
Is it a work of art; or a piece of scrawl sprayed across some bare surface?
Ladies and Gentlemen, should Wynnum be exposed to Graffiti?
Firstly, I would like to ask you. What is the cost to the government to ‘cover
up' this unwanted advertisement? One recent attack placed a school
approximately $4000 out of pocket. Further more, over the last twelve months,
my school has experienced nine attempts at destroying the asthetic appeal of the
buildings within. I could also safely say that most of the other schools in the
Wynnum Manly district, both public and private, received similar encounters of
It's not just the cost, it's also the time. What about the cleaners? What
about the painters? What about the police? I am sure there are more
constructive projects to cover than cleaning up after some graffiti vandal.
It is not just our schools who experience the attacks. Scout dens, parks,
businesses, trains, just to name a few, all lie in the mercy of the local crew,
or graffiti gang.
Is there a reason for such an act? Criminologists suggest that there are many
motives for graffiti. These motives all point to one main factor. Targeting the
Revenge towards the authority;
Anger towards the authority;
Boredom from lack of authority;
To convince of self-existence, and
To explore prohibited areas placed by authority.
The pattern of locations the police established, is that all the tags, or the
writer's signature, are placed in exposed, publicised areas so the public can
witness the graffiti vandal's attempt to ‘make his point.'
The targets are not necessarily towards formal authority, such as the police,
but also informal authorities such as social morals; for example, the principle
of a school.
If we removed authority from our society, the social control would be lost,
making it impractical and impossible for our or any society to operate
successfully. So what can be done?
It is sad to hear that after several graffiti attacks in the Bayside area, the
shock value of the concept is lost. The attitude of the police is pesermistical
- ‘the problem can not be eliminated.' However, what if the problem could be
At Wynnum North High, in 1993, our school Chaplain, Mr. Kappa, began to run
afternoon ‘legal street art' projects. The Wynnum/Redlands Youth and Community
Combined Action Project are also holding Legal Street Art Workshops and both
have gained high success rates of reducing the level of illegal graffiti...