In Perth, the capital city of the state of Western Australia, there is agrowing move towards the use of urban art as graffiti deterrence. Thispaper reports on an empirical evaluation of a commissioned urban artproject. A former graffiti hot-spot (three bus underpass walls at acommuter train station) and a one square kilometre area surrounding thehot-spot were monitored across four time phases (i.e. a baseline, two postartintervention and a follow-up period) over an 11 week monitoringperiod. Following the completion of the artwork site a marked reductionoccurred in the number of graffiti recorded at the artwork site across thetwo post-art intervention monitoring periods and a significant increase inthe graffiti frequency counts between the second post-art interventionmonitoring period and the final follow-up monitoring period. Similargraffiti spikes were found to occur in the control area surrounding theartwork site. Collectively, these results would suggest that mural artworksare not a general panacea for the graffiti proliferation problem whichinstead seems to require a non-homogenous solution.
|Journal||Papers From The British Criminology Conference|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|