Graffiti fans driving council up the wall

Graffiti fans driving council up the wall
A passer-by taking a picture of another of Zacharevic’s art work which transformed green moss on the wall into a tree top, with a trunk below it and two people standing beside the tree.

JOHOR BARU - The "Lego man" graffiti row has taken a life of its own, with much of civil society backing Lithuanian-born artist Ernest Zacharevic's work in defiance of the local authorities.

His painting in Taman Molek, which depicted a knife-wielding man waiting for a victim around a corner, irked the authorities because the area is known as the state's financial area with the highest concentration of Malaysian and foreign banks.

Someone then painted a policeman beside the knife-wielding man, in a bid to "sanitise" the artwork.

The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB), however, was not pacified.

Yesterday, council workers painted over Zacharevic's work but within hours after they had removed the painting, it was back on the wall.

Someone had pasted paper "cut-outs" of the man and woman at the original spot.

Similar "cut-outs" were also posted in other parts in the area.

However, at press time, the cut-outs at the original spot had been torn off.

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