Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Trolls under the bridge

These photos were taken underneath the City West Link where it crosses the Hawthorne Canal in Haberfield.  These concrete panels were repainted by the RTA last month, but the trolls that collect under this bridge have been very busy of late.  These panels have gone from perfectly clean to covered in tags in just a few weeks.

Note that there is not a single item that would merit the slightest bit of artistic attention.  There are no interesting murals, or quirky lettering designs in multiple colours - it is just some goose with a can of paint spraying an unintelligible tag again and again and again.  The repetitive behaviour of tag spraying makes me wonder whether most of these kids are suffering from a form of autism.  They certainly lack artistic talent.

Here is how easy it is to report this sort of thing to the RTA.  You go to the RTA website - - and click on the "contact us" link.  That will open up the web form below. There are only a few fields to fill in, so it only takes a minute or two to let them know about some graffiti that needs cleaning up.  On most occasions, someone from the RTA customer contact area will send an email after the work has been done - that might be a month or two down the track, but they are pretty good at following up on any reports submitted via the web.

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