Vandalism or Art; Rubbish or Artefacts?

July 8, 2014 at 10:46 am | Posted in Australia, Culture, Nature, Social Responsibility, Writing and Life | 12 Comments
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I sometimes go to the parks that dot the shores of our beautiful Lake Macquarie. It is so lovely to sit in my little camper van and write without interruption. One of my favourite parks is on the outskirts of the town of Toronto (no, not in Canada; in NSW, Australia).


Last week I went there to enjoy a quiet and sunny winter’s day. I enjoyed the writing time there as I always do. Afterwards, I went for a walk before heading back home, towards the bridge that spans a backwater of the lake. You can see it in the picture above.

The thing that caught my eye more than anything else was the graffiti that had been painted onto the bridge supports.





After taking photos under the bridge, I wandered towards the lakeside. This time what caught my eye was the rubbish that had been left behind – possibly by the graffiti “artists”, or by others who had gone there to drink.




It really upsets me when I see such examples of vandalism. It seems to me that there is a certain element in society who have no respect for the property of others. Admittedly, the “property” in this case belongs to the people as a whole, but what right does it give anyone to deface a public structure or to contaminate a public park with their detritus?

This is our lovely park, well supplied with bins in which anyone can put their rubbish – if they aren’t too lazy to walk the few yards to get to one.


This is the lovely shoreline where the park meets the lake. This is what those thoughtless and self-entitled tossers are degrading with their refuse.


Do litterers and graffitists rile you as they do me? How can we stop such destruction of other people’s property – is there a way at all even?

(c) Linda Visman
Photos by Linda Visman


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  1. I think where they are given carte blanche (sp) to do what they like graffiti “artists” are no good. When they have themes to work to they can make the surroundings much better. Those white concrete walls are pretty boring and can be eyesores in their own right. I think, as always, you have to find a balance.

    • I like what a householder is doing in Toronto, Paul. He has a blank fron wall/fence that faces the street. He is painting a bright mural on it. Hopefully, the vandals won’t deface it with their graffiti.

  2. It does to me Linda exactly what it does to you. I don’t know what has to be done. I think it has everything to do with levels of consciousness. I suppose there are ways in which those levels can grow, but what I’ve done is i’ve chosen a small area where I often go and I make a point of trying to keep it clean. I go there often and do little clean-ups. I must say just doing this gets rid of a lot of the frustration; it’s also my little protest and constructive engagement with the whole issue. It kind of helps me – for what it’s worth. 🙂

    • Whenever we go out for a walk, Don, I try to remember to take a plastic bag in which we put the rubbish we find along the way. It does help, like you, to know we are atleast doing our little bit for the environment. There isn’t much we can do about the graffiti though. 😦

  3. In a family of ten we had a lot of napkins and bottles that could easily have been tossed out a car window, but my dad insisted we clean up after ourselves instead of littering the roadside. I hate seeing old diapers and coke cans. I don’t know what to do about it except be an example for others and combing your own bit of earth like Don said above.

    • Your dad did what too many parents these days don’t do! Good on him.
      And yes, we need to look out for our own area and teach our own families to do the right thing and to respect others’ property & the environment. But it’s an uphill job!

  4. I find graffiti to be offensive. I have seen it in our local park, too: generally on the dressing sheds, but sometimes on the signage. Council arranges for its removal quite quickly. It’s hard to catch the offenders, but I guess that, if caught, they should be made to remove their mess.

  5. I’m with you Margaret. It is so thoughtless and offensive! I wish we could catch them at it!

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