Working together to fight graffiti - Metro US

Working together to fight graffiti

Artists across four generations have put paint to concrete to cover the blight of graffiti along a Mississauga pathway.

Architect and artist Anna Claudette recruited an assortment of young Jackson Pollocks and a few Grandma Moses wannabes to put art where graffiti tags had been along a path that leads into a pedestrian tunnel under Central Parkway.

“I hope the graffiti kids leave it alone,” she said, standing amid colourful images of birds, flowers, balloons and sunsets painted in the tunnel.

That’s the hope of Mississauga parks coordinator Joanne Foote, who came up with the plan to beat vandals at their own game.

“It will be interesting to see what the vandals do,” she said.

Claudette has been organizing the project since last September, recruiting students as young as nine, local seniors — some in their 80s — as well as a number of people who watched the murals take shape over the past two weeks.

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