Throughout Launceston, graffiti has become a familiar problem.
The city's many lanes and alleyways have become regular targets, and the increasing number of walls becoming scourged by vulgar tags has slowly begun to threaten the the overall aesthetic appeal of the entire area.
However, scattered among the talentless scribbles, a silver lining can be found in the form of positive street art.
Launceston homeowner Martin Harris believed that this similar, yet contrasting method of urban artwork could have the ability to positively enhance the city, attract visitors, and illustrate the potential of constructive solutions.
"This kind of midnight tagging doesn't seem to have an artistic merit to it, nor does it seem to serve any purpose other than to boost the enjoyment of the tagger," he said.
In an attempt to solve the issue, Mr Harris has banded together with various other landlords.
They have identified a wall at 115 George Street, adjacent to the little park on the corner of York Street, that has repeatedly fallen victim to graffiti.
The group believed the wall, and the area immediately surrounding it, would hugely benefit from the instillation of a mural, and have gained approval from the landowner.
"Street art tends to have street credibility in that recognised street art doesn't get vandalised, because there seems to be a sense of respect on the streets for these kinds of pursuits," he said.
The mural would celebrate flora and fauna in a colourful contribution to the existing tree-covered landscape.
However, due to the cost of materials, designs and commissioning an artist capable of undertaking the task, the budget for the initiative is expected to be about $6000.
In order to fund this venture, Mr Harris enlisted the help of the public by entering a project in this year's Great Regional City Challenge.
The project planned to use the talent of Launceston-based street artist James Cowan.
Mr Cowan, better known as KreamArt, is well recognised within the area for his large-scale murals of native animals, animations and graffiti styled designs.
He said his passion for art started when he was only 14 years old, learning and expanding his skills as a self-taught artist in the city's alleyways.
"We're trying to limit all of the hoops that we have to jump through to get a mural approved, because it's really crazy and actually a bit unfortunate," he said.
"Martin and I are trying to push Launceston along so that it can become an art hub, while also trying to change the mentality people have for anyone armed with a spray can." Visit www.greatregionalcity.com.au.
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