"We're producing art."
April 4 2012
Semy and Seone must think they are so cool today!
The pair vandalized a viewing platform at Deadman's Pond on historic SignalHill. According to a CBC story, the deed was done overnight.
The pair claim to be part of the Rong Crew, a graffiti crew based out of St. John's.
While the graffiti was not vulgar, it is certainly unacceptable.
Semy, Seone and the Rong Crew hidden behind hoodies and designer sun glasses, appeared in a Telegram article last spring. At that time they claimed to be artists.
The name of the game for these vandals is height and visibility. It is not about art but about infamy and ego.
The city of City of St. John’s has established a committee to fight graffiti crime. The Graffiti Management Plan offers a zero-tolerance policy that is meant to discourage graffiti. For the taggers it makes the danger of getting caught worth the risk.
The cost to the city and businesses to clean up the mess is not small. The city expends in excess of $30,000 a year removing the vandalism.
The Signal Hill Tag is not art. It can not be assessed as art, it is vandalism, a blight on the landscape. It is crude and simplistic and hence cannot be considered art.