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City and Artists Work Together to Preserve Artistic Murals

Austin’s graffiti problem is getting worse, but that isn’t stopping local artists from trying to preserve and protect iconic murals around Austin, KVUE reports, as the problem has escalated the past six months.

“People have loved these murals,” said artist Kerry Awn.

“I’ve been here three years doing the graffiti program with Health and Human Services, and my numbers just keep going up,” she said.

Narum said her staff spend each day cleaning up graffiti around the city to the tune of about $500,000 a year. Typically they only remove it if people complain.
“We work with businesses if it’s attractive, it’s not offensive in any way,” she said. “A lot of people feel if they put that on their wall no one will come tag it, but we’re seeing that’s becoming not the case anymore.”

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