Last November a squad went out with pressure washers and chemicals to clean up the graffiti along the banks of the Segura river in Orihuela. They needn’t have bothered because the so called artists have returned to reclaim their canvases and made the area worse than before.
It isn’t just by the river, telephone boxes, the fronts of private buildings, information panels, park benches etc are all targets for this mindless scrawling. Even the Orihuela shield in the river has been a target.
The problem is that it is almost impossible to catch the vandals at work. People complain about the graffiti and the broken bottles that litter the banks of the river but it seems that little can be done to stop it happening time and again.
Spaniards speak of pride in their traditions, in their culture and of their towns and yet there is a minority who just seem to want to trash anything and everything that this pride stands for. They seem to delight in making their own environment ugly and distasteful. I just don’t understand that mentality.
PS the picture is not mine, it was taken from Laverdad newspaper.