Art that caused of­fence is gone

Graf­fiti-style fence mu­ral painted over af­ter dis­pute with neigh­bours

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - AN­DREA FALVO an­drea.falvo@news.com.au

A CON­TRO­VER­SIAL fence mu­ral that caused an up­roar with res­i­dents in a Kan­im­bla street for al­most 12 months has been painted over.

Adam and Loren Row­den ini­tially com­mis­sioned the graf­fiti-style neon teddy bear mu­ral in Au­gust last year to help paramedics find their home.

Fea­tur­ing three baby bears and a fa­ther bear float­ing on a lilo, with the house num­ber 22, the mu­ral rep­re­sented each mem­ber of the Row­den fam­ily.

But the piece upset some, in­clud­ing next-door neigh­bour Larry Daw­son, who said the mu­ral “trashes the street”.

Mr Daw­son had started a pe­ti­tion to have the mu­ral re­moved and, in May, he was found guilty in the Cairns Mag­is­trates’ Court of wilful dam­age.

The court heard Mr Daw­son had de­faced the mu­ral un­der the cover of dark­ness.

But af­ter me­di­a­tion, it was agreed that the Row­dens’ GONE: The mu­ral painted on the fence had been dam­aged. once-loved mu­ral would be painted over.

“It ru­ined it, it wasn’t very much of a happy thing any­more,” Mrs Row­den said.

She said the numbers ‘22’ would be painted on the fence in the com­ing weeks in a sim­i­lar aerosol art style as the orig­i­nal mu­ral.

An­other next door neigh­bour said she was glad to see the mu­ral gone.

“I’m just happy that this art it’s gone, my house won’t look like a day­care (cen­tre) any­more,” she said.

“The whole fence is in front of my yard and ev­ery­one was com­ment­ing about it.

“It just put us off and it puts the value of our house down as well.”

Pic­ture: STE­WART McLEAN

BRUSH-OFF: Adam and Loren Row­den paint over the mu­ral on their drive­way fence, end­ing a long bat­tle with an­gry neigh­bours.

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