Art hopes to de­ter tag­ging

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

As a means of curb­ing anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in Toko­roa a sign writer has cre­ated a se­ries of mu­rals for skate parks around the town.

Un­lim­ited Signs sign writer Joseph Cook’s lat­est mu­rals, in­stalled at Lo­gan St skate park two months ago, were de­signed to add colour and en­cour­age peo­ple not to tag and van­dalise.

‘‘Me and my mates go to the skate park and we are avid skate board­ers, I was just get­ting sick of see­ing gang tags down at the park,’’ he said.

‘‘So I ap­proached coun­cil (South Waikato District) with the idea and it was keen for mu­rals to be cre­ated. I painted those be­tween Christ­mas and New Year.

Cook, 26, who has been paint­ing for the last eight years, said that one of the mu­rals has had a hole put in it which the coun­cil is to fix.

‘‘I am really dis­ap­pointed that a hole was put in it.’’

He said more art was in the pipe- line. ‘‘There are a few more be­cause our town is pretty grey. There are at least three to put up.’’

Cook’s ef­forts are ap­plauded by the South Waikato District Coun­cil.

‘‘While tag­ging is a con­cern . . . our anti-tag­ging pro­gramme, other mu­rals and graf­fiti walls have made a dif­fer­ence in other ar­eas. The coun­cil hopes that this fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive will have sim­i­lar pos­i­tive out­comes,’’ com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Kerry Fabrie said.

CRE­AT­ING AWARE­NESS: Artist Joseph Cook has de­signed a se­ries of mu­rals for Lo­gan St skate park in Toko­roa with the hope it will stop peo­ple tag­ging.

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