Art that caused offence is gone
Graffiti-style fence mural painted over after dispute with neighbours
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.”
BRUSH-OFF: Adam and Loren Rowden paint over the mural on their driveway fence, ending a long battle with angry neighbours.