Last week the Capalaba Bus Interchange received a make-under with the removal of the iconic mural featuring a cartoon depiction of the local flora and fauna in the area. The artist who created the aerosol art is more than unhappy with council’s latest addition of corrugated steal and CCTV cameras to the area.
The mural was completed in 2006 by then local artist Christian Griffiths and two other local young people from the area as a method of graffiti prevention. The design elements covered aspects including youthful elements of aerosol art in combination with local flora and fauna to appeal to a wide range of community members. It was featured in a range of documents produced by council including the Annual Report 2005-06, and most recently Our City Our Culture, the ten year cultural plan for the city.
The artist Christian Griffiths, Owner/Operator and Principle Artist of Aerograffix says “despite actively communicating with both the building owner and council I was not made aware my artwork would be disregarded. The mural was a successful method of graffiti prevention, however it is clear the CCTV cameras and the corrugated steal are ineffective.
It is not clear why the mural was covered over or why the artist was not consulted about the construction of the corrugated steal, however Christian states “this is now the third artwork of mine existing in Redland City which has been removed or coved which was a legitimate graffiti prevention measure paid for by council”.