Why not just leave the Graffiti?

Like the common sense with saving tax dollars by just having the city trim their own trees instead of sending out forestry goons to measure and send vague letters, the city could do the same by not continually painting over the graffiti in this tunnel, and just leave it;

“Quite a bit of money for us to come in and keep on painting this over, painting this over and painting this over. It’s certainly something the city doesn’t want to see and we want to cover it up as quickly as possible,” Huber said.

Here’s an idea, put up a sign at either entrance that reads, “Sioux Falls Artistic Freedom Graffiti tunnel, express yourself! (please refrain from gang related and vulgar messages).” Then put a disclaimer on it similar to what is on the snowplows. By painting over it constantly, all you are doing is creating a new canvas for the vandals.

And BTW, I don’t see how this is any different than the snowplows;

“It’s unfortunate that people choose to do that in our society. We try to teach our kids to respect things and others property,” Sheets said.

Technically it is public property so I am not sure who they are disrespecting. But for the kids sake, why not make it proper (legal) and let the kids express themselves like they do on the snowplows. Rapid City has art alley, and it has been extremely popular. Get with the program Sioux Falls! Random graffiti art is not a crime.


#1 The D@ily Spin on 11.19.15 at 12:14 pm

The Rapid City graffiti alley has become a tourist favorite. It’s downtown and was once the prime crack score location. Hard to sell drugs when there’s so many naive tourists. “Oh look Homer, there’s a vagrant. Give him a quarter.”

There are lots of vagrants around The White House in DC. Guess what, they’re secret service. Imagine if SFPD goes on a weekend downtown vagrant round up in that manner.

#2 LJL on 11.19.15 at 6:30 pm

Sure….Why not allow public urination as well. I’m sure no will be offended by a whiff of piss stench.

You liberals crack me up. Get rid of all the petty crime laws, unless your offended or could be offended.

Theres a time and place for everything, but city property and spray paint aint it.

#3 Defeat Huether 2018 on 11.20.15 at 5:52 am

I agree with LJL. It looks like a trashy crime infested area and sure enough they start tagging private property too which is extremely difficult to remove like brick.

If there is an entity like Intermedia Arts in Uptown Minneapolis which will allow artists to paint their building with a theme or a dedicated non-gang related place to do graffiti then great but otherwise NO to public property.

#4 The D@ily Spin on 11.20.15 at 11:00 am

When there’s a prescribed zone for graffiti that was always being tagged, something peculiar happens. There becomes true art that even taggers won’t paint over. There are times when citizens make an informal permission that works. My opinion, city hall is so arrogant they strictly impose their rules without consideration for the public at large. Taggers are fallout that don’t play tennis or belong to Swimfox. They are people inappropriately harrassed and put in jail on false charges. I doubt they’d paint over public art that’s graffiti without being a political advertisement for Mike Huether. Rapid City, Mitchell, and parts of Minneapolis made peace with the forgotten class by recognizing they exist and have skills. Sioux Falls is a wealthy one percent and cubicle voice bots who can’t recognize they’re brain dead impoverished persecuted slaves.

#5 The D@ily Spin on 11.20.15 at 11:18 am

‘JESUS’ on snowplows is graffiti. Soon, it’ll be ‘Huether for Governor’ on the police MRAP parked outside the polling place. Either is inappropriate and constitutionally illegal. Art on private property isn’t.

It’s snowing. Pray to the god of credit cards and Healthcare the Jesus Plow comes. Don’t call Huether. He’s on Mt. Rushmore campaigning and bringing back stone tablets for tomorrow’s Listen & Indoctrination session.

#6 Throwy on 02.09.16 at 2:23 pm

How about we decriminalize the placement of graf so people that have at least some talent for creating pleasing pieces have a second to work instead of pushing rushed pieces that wind up looking like crap? Gotta hurry up and get this piece thrown before some prick peers out his window and reports me for what could be a felony…smh. Some people view pieces done by well known artists as extremely valuable, but when a kid with an idea here in Mayberry puts something up, we’re quick to throw the book at him.

I promise to cover trashy work with aesthetically pleasing (even if agenda oriented) art. I’ll be quick, though. Wouldn’t want to offend anyone.