Banning spray paint for young people, as is being discussed by City Council, is stupid for all the usual reasons that prohibition and collective punishment don't work. It creates forbidden fruit, makes vandalism even cooler, creates a profit opportunity for resale to minors, and it makes life harder for legitimate human beings with legitimate uses for spraypaint.
Artist Morag Webster-Lesarge opposed the ban. "It's an art form that shouldn't be lost or legislated," she said.Well, OK, if you say so, then I guess Londoners should feel welcome to bring magic markers (purchased on Ebay) to the next Webster-Lesarge show.
Our communications with the Webster-Lesarge team indicate that it isn't really so.
Can the consent of a building owner be secondary, while at the same time the consent of an artist becomes paramount, in comparison to the vision of the next jerk who comes along with a spray can? Let the vision be lost and the law engaged, if one holds to the civilized regard for property that notions of vandalism-as-art-form undermine.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Posted by Mike on Wednesday, April 26, 2006