Artists takes graffiti out of equation

Graffiti is a blight on most communities and again has become a talking point with the recent sentencing of a Sydney woman to three months' jail for defacing a wall.

It's a sentence that any property owner who has been the victim of a graffiti vandal and has had to carry the cost of getting rid of it would probably back 100 percent.

It's fairly obvious the Byron Shire is not immune to graffiti attacks, but at Byron Bay a number of potential and enticing targets have been successfully taken out of the equation.

Six electricity boxes and a railway switching box in Byron Bay have been transformed into colourful, funky pieces of artwork thanks to a project by Byron United.

The artwork project has been supported by Country Energy, which donated $4000 towards the project, and the Byron Youth Service.

It is anticipated that another six boxes will be painted.

Two of the electricity boxes have been sprayed to look like an old Kombi van and all have messages on them including 'Keep Byron Clean' and 'Respect the Bay.'

The artwork was completed by two local artists - Russell and Callie.

Vice-president of Byron United Sevegne Newton said the cost of painting each box was $450.

“We would like to see another six boxes painted, but we have run out of funding,” she said.

“We have had such fantastic feedback from the community over the project and not one of the boxes has been vandalised with graffiti.”

Ms Newton said Country Energy was using the project as a prototype to encourage other towns to do the same.

Deborah Pearse, from the Byron Youth Service, said the project gave young people a chance to express themselves with fantastic artwork.

“The project shows just how talented these artists are,” she said.

If you would like to help finance the project, you can call Sevegne on 0418584237.

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