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I don’t challenge your right to freedom of expression. I do challenge your interpretation that, “it is of a common interest.” To whom? The graffiti artist certainly, but what about the cultural anthropologist or the archeologist who for whatever reason might have wanted to study this building? Hypothetically speaking what if there were carvings/inscriptions on the side of this or any other building and they were covered by paint. What about the citizens of your community who don’t share your view points on public cultural expression via graffiti. It certainly would not be their common interest.
I’m certainly not a fan of big multi-national corporations, however, when I see a billboard advertising a film that was put up on a Monday and one third of it covered by some fairly intricate “graffiti” by Saturday it doesn’t sit well with me or my neighbors. So much so that a thirty something neighbor who knew one of the “artists” asked if I and another person would be interested in busting up the “artist’s” hands. We both declined to get involved at that level and strongly urged this person not to do anything along those lines.
Let me pose this hypothetical, Is it ok for me to immediately paint over graffiti while the artist is still painting if it a common public wall? He likes color and I like boring, drab, common place beige. This would be my cultural expression.
If a graffiti artist can buy spray paint they certainly can buy canvas. If their art is of public value then certainly patrons of art perhaps would donate land and walls to further these exhibits of cultural expression.