Street artist Mobstr has gone back-and-forth with a Hackney Wick clean-up crew for a year.
Check out the battle over a modest substation wall, first posted on the artist’s website.
The meticulous clean-up crew was game to fight for the wall from the start.
The muralist noted, “I cycled past this wall on the way to work for years. I noticed that graffiti painted within the red area was ‘buffed’ with red paint.”
“However, graffiti outside the red area would be removed with a pressure washer. This prompted the start of an experiment.”
“Unlike other works, I was very uncertain as to what results it would yield.” – Mobstr
Here’s what went down over the course of a year.
Mobstr first painted the wall in July of 2014. He made his final contribution “about a month or two ago”
“In my mind by simply removing the graffiti they were playing along. The only way for them to avoid collaboration was by doing nothing at all.” – Mobstr
This is how the clean-up crew finally responded…
Mobstr believes his final message hasn’t been painted over yet.
He is victorious. For now…
In addition to the play-by-play on his website, Mobstr released this time lapse on Instagram.