Graffiti walls in Orlando: Love or hate?

Letters to the editor

Louder than bombing

I highly doubt the [graffiti] walls will help (“Graffiti-lando: Can we make it work?” April 2, People that go out and bomb do it for the thrill. It’s an adrenaline rush. Bombing on its own is its own craft – nothing like legally painting a wall. This is a war against people trying to get up and get recognized.

Taxpayers pay to have the city come and buff the stuff out. For what? The same person or persons will come right back and throw something else up. It’s freedom of expression. A legal wall just takes the fun out of it. Then you gotta worry about all the people that will want to do it. It’s a limited space. People’s work getting dissed and just starting problems.

Graffiti is going to be around forever, no matter how many times the stuff gets buffed or how harsh the punishment gets. Right now it’s pretty much about territory and crews beefing with each other. It will always be that way. So what’s the solution? No one knows, because the bombers will always be out bombing while you’re sleeping, regardless of what other people say.
Sean, via

This initiative isn’t a way to STOP tagging/bombing … it’s a way to allow ACTUAL artists the opportunity to display their beautiful artwork. There is no guarantee that somebody won’t come through and completely destroy somebody else’s work – and if vandals come back and throw something else up, it will be covered again, again and again.

There’s no need to be worried about all the people that want to participate in the walls because it’s called revolving art. By participating, the artwork will be consistently switched out/painted over by another artist, weekly/monthly. There is a process, not just random people coming in, and the location of the walls will display the artists’ level of experience from amateur to pro.

If making a wall legal takes the fun out of it, why don’t you ask the artists who have participated in it already. Go to the participating locations and see what beautiful work they have already created and judge for yourself.
Kaleida, via