Thursday, October 23, 2008
Homeowner goes political after graffiti ruined previous artwork
By BRAD WONG
The homeowner, artist and technology researcher painted it in response to graffiti that covered a Barbarella-inspired figure that she created more than two years ago to honor friends in a Seattle art collective.
The graffiti artist struck about three weeks ago and left puffy white-and-black letters covering what then was the orange-haired "Space Virgin," a woman dressed in silver clothing and holding what looks like a gun.
She, her housemates and friends considered seeking revenge against the culprit. They thought about aiming a webcam at the garage door to see whether the person responsible for the graffiti returned.
Instead, three days later, she and a friend painted a 7-by-7-foot red circle-slash over the puffy letters. She wrote her e-mail address near the symbol and asked for information about who painted the letters.
Through the grapevine, she has heard that the culprit might be a 17-year-old boy. "I want the guy who did this to know that it's not OK," she said. "I can only hope that he's learning from this."
After her circle-slash went up, Seattle Public Utilities sent her a letter, telling her she had 10 days to clean up the graffiti or possibly face a $500 fine.
While she supports keeping neighborhoods clean, she felt she was being punished for someone else's action and that she has the right to paint on her own property.
So on Sunday, the Obama supporter painted over everything on her garage door and put up the image of the person she wants in the White House.
She also has a message for the graffiti artist: "Are you willing to paint over my art of this popular political figure? How low could you be to do that?"
source & I first saw it here