Art hopes to deter tagging
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.