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Kids asked to daub graffiti on wall—but do they need asking?

PUBLISHED: 11:28 16 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:53 05 October 2010

KIDS are being asked to daub paint on a wall going spare at their community centre in London’s East End. They don’t normally need encouragement to spread graffiti, but this time a not-for-profit social enterprise group wants youngsters to help create a design agreed with the neighbours

KIDS are being asked to daub paint on a wall going spare at their community centre in London’s East End.

They don’t normally need encouragement to spread graffiti on any wall left blank and inviting.

But this time Syzygy Re-Productions, a not-for-profit, social enterprise group which uses graffiti and urban street art’ to make drab inner city districts look brighter, wants youngsters to help create a design agreed with the neighbours.

“Obviously, nothing we paint is ever offensive,” artist Felix Waterhouse assured.

“This is our first project in London and we’re doing this for the community.

“Wherever possible, we involve people, especially youths, in painting over these blank spaces.”

The alternative arts group found the blank wall off the Mile End Road and discussed what they wanted to do with nearby families, coming up with an agreed design.

They are inviting youngsters at Whitechapel’s Sydney community project in O’Leary Square, off the Mile End Road, to take brush in hand—or even the more familiar spray can—tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday).

They are painting the letters SCP’ and decorating them with animals and trademark patterns.


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