White walls replace graffiti art

White walls replace graffiti art
The wall after workers painted over Zacharevic’s art piece and (inset) a passer-by taking a photo of the graffiti where an unknown person had drawn a figure of a policeman beside the knife-wielding man.

JOHOR BARU - Officials from the Johor Baru Municipal Council (MBJB) have painted over the controversial graffiti art by Lithuanian-born artist Ernest Zacharevic on a wall in Taman Molek here.

A van bearing the MBJB logo drove up to the area at around 4pm yesterday and several plain clothes men came down and painted over the graffiti using white paint.

A nearby restaurant worker who only wanted to be known as Ah Chai said a group of people who wanted to take pictures of the graffiti were shocked as the piece of art was painted over.

The graffiti depicted a man holding a knife in a corner waiting to ambush a woman.

Ah Chai said he was saddened by the development as the street had gained popularity after the art piece was painted.

Assistant photographer Casey Lim, 20, said that she had taken the day off to take a picture of the artwork but was upset that only a white wall greeted her when she arrived.

"This artwork has made Johor Baru so famous and I wanted to record it as a keepsake. This morning, I saw online that an unknown person had drawn a figure of a policeman beside the knife-wielding man and thought the controversy surrounding the artwork would die down," she said.

In the morning yesterday, residents noticed the extra character in the piece but no one has come forward to claim rights over it.

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