Some local railway stations seem to have gained a lot of art in the last few weeks.
It’s all aimed at improving the look of the station and reducing graffiti.
THE population of Patterson, near Bentleigh, has just risen by 650 and the new faces on the block are staring down the graffiti taggers who make the local station one of the most repeatedly defaced in Melbourne. — The Age
More recently, just yesterday this rather more temporary-looking display popped-up at Bentleigh station:
I note that there seems to be a battle of wills going on between some vandals and Metro’s painting crews on the gents’ toilet door at Bentleigh. It must have been painted a dozen times this year. With luck this won’t fall victim to the same people.
It’s no Moscow Metro, but who knows — it might even be found that the costs of installing art works like this is less than the constant re-painting, and it certainly makes these stations more pleasant to look at.
I suspected the gleaming white of the new art installation at Bentleigh put in during school holidays would be too alluring to the local barbarians. Sadly it has already been vandalised. Sometime between 6pm and 8:30am, it was tagged.
Update 8pm. The whole installation at Bentleigh was removed some time today.
I can’t help but think that given the repeated vandalism of other parts of the station, a fresh coat of paint and a few police waiting nearby for the culprits might fix the problem once and for all.