Graffiti on public art pieces in Geraldton is removed using anti-graffiti finish

Anna CoxMidwest Times
Sue and Luke Barlow, and GRAG manager Briony Bray.
Camera IconSue and Luke Barlow, and GRAG manager Briony Bray. Credit: Supplied

Graffiti on two of Geraldton’s newest public art pieces has been removed after they were defaced by vandals, who tagged their initials onto the wall of the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery and Two Foreshore cafe.

The artwork on the eastern facing wall of the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery and a mural on the foreshore, known as “Crabbie”, were aided by an anti-graffiti finish put in place by City in Colour, a Geraldton-based painting service.

In a post to Geraldton Community Noticeboard, City in Colour said “Graffiti be gone. Anti-graffiti coatings for the win”.

A City of Greater Geraldton spokesperson said CCTV footage has been reviewed and full reports made to the police.

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“Both murals are equipped with ‘anti-graffiti’ material which allows most graffiti to be removed. City staff were able to remove all the vandalism in a timely manner which is a great outcome,” the spokesperson said.

“It’s disappointing to see such acts of vandalism on our wonderful public art pieces, as we know how much vibrancy they bring to our city.”

The GRAG wall was painted by Fremantle artist Imogen Palmer, and completed in December 2023, making it through just two months before being vandalised, where as Crabbie was completed by local artists Luke and Sue Barlow in early January this year.

It comes just weeks after the Horizon Ball sculpture on the Beresford Foreshore was graffitied by vandals scratching their tags into the acrylic sphere. The City is still searching for the culprit or culprits responsible for the Horizon Ball vandalism.

“We urge our community to respect all of our assets, including public art, in the hope we can continue to make Geraldton a great place to live and visit,” the spokesperson said.

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