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Street Artist MOBSTR Battles With Clean-Up Crew For a Year

mobstr-street-art-hackney-battle-wall-citrus-report-1Street artist Mobstr has gone back-and-forth with a Hackney Wick clean-up crew for a year.

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Check out the battle over a modest substation wall, first posted on the artist’s website.

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The meticulous clean-up crew was game to fight for the wall from the start.

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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.”

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“However, graffiti outside the red area would be removed with a pressure washer. This prompted the start of an experiment.”

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“Unlike other works, I was very uncertain as to what results it would yield.” – Mobstr

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Here’s what went down over the course of a year.

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Mobstr first painted the wall in July of 2014. He made his final contribution “about a month or two ago”

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“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

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This is how the clean-up crew finally responded…

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Mobstr believes his final message hasn’t been painted over yet.

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He is victorious. For now…

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In addition to the play-by-play on his website, Mobstr released this time lapse on Instagram.

Too fast? Visit: www.mobstr.org

A video posted by MOBSTR (@m.obstr) on

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