One day we will get this wall, but with a lack of support from the local council, it’s up to the local artists to make this project come to life.
“Street artist Nathan Sims (aka Mr Dimples) says there are few options remaining for a legal street art wall.”
Following a legal street art trial at McIvor Road Skate Park in 2016, the City of Greater Bendigo maintains it has no plans to approve a legal street art space.
Council strategy and growth director Bernie O’Sullivan said despite the best efforts of street artists at the skate park, work was still tagged over “with illegal and sometimes offensive graffiti.”
Council then decided to discontinue using the site for legal graffiti.
Street artists were hoping to secure a legal street art space in the CBD for anyone to practise and show their work. They will now have to do so through an agreement with the property owner.
Graffiti is unwanted marking of another person’s property, while street art is work done with permission.
Street artist Nathan Sims (aka Mr Dimples) said there were few options for creating a legal, ever-changing street art wall that anyone could use.
“The only option we really have now is a business (offering us space),” he said.
Since the original call-out for street art sites last week, two people have put forward proposals to Mr Dimples.
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