London-based graffiti artist Mobstr tagged the same wall over the course of a year, starting on July 17 last year. The wall in question is located in Hackney Wick (the boundary between the east London boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets).
In an almost year-long exchange between Mobstr and the cleanup crew of Hackney Wick, the artist curiously experimented what the latter would react each time he’d “answer back,” akin to a cat-and-mouse game.
On the artist’s blog post about the humorous experiment born of curiosity, Mobstr explained what went down. “I cycled past this wall on the way to work for years,” he writes. He even called the blog post “The Curious Frontier of Red” as he himself did not know what would transpire.
“I noticed that graffiti painted within the red area was ‘buffed’ with red paint. However, graffiti outside of the red area would be removed via pressure washing. This prompted the start of an experiment. Unlike other works, I was very uncertain as to what results it would yield. Below is what transpired over the course of a year.”
The long battle between street artists and authorities has always been around, but Mobstr made sure to look at the bright side and make things quite funny rather than going all rebellious. We at TAE found it pretty entertaining, and we hope you all would too! As a brief summary, here’s a slideshow video of the hilarity that ensued.
If the video was a little too fast, here are the pictures in order. Enjoy!
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Even Google’s Street View displays part of the walls transformation.
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