Tagging is a curse for many building owners. The City Council’s Graffiti Programme responds to around 1200 incidents of tagging a month and painting over this graffiti costs greater Wellington ratepayers over half a million dollars every year.
One way to combat graffiti attacks is to commission a local street artist or muralist.
Many building owners are surprised that there are many qualified artists who will paint something colorful and beautiful on their building for a similar price to what a professional painting company would charge to paint the wall grey (or any other color). Many artists are reactive to the situation and the history of the structure they are painting on and happy to produce work in consultation with the building’s owner. A site-specific work can be an aid in branding your building or business and even adding value. Instead of just a street number its now the building with the giant elephant painted on it!