Please Explain podcast: Graffiti and who gets to decide what is and isn’t art

This week a mural depicting former New South Wales Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons was unveiled in the Sydney suburb of Erskineville. It was commissioned to promote Graffiti Removal Day, an initiative to encourage residents to volunteer to clean up graffiti in their area.

Overnight the mural was vandalised with various tags and text, which included Mural Removal Day – an apparent reference to the initiative.

The mural and the vandalism has sparked debate within the street art world over the differences between graffiti culture and those who create street art for profit, while the stark difference between how Melbourne embraces street art while Sydney continues to commercialise it has come into focus.

Today on Please Explain Daily, Nathanael Cooper is joined by by senior writer and columnist Jacqueline Maley to unravel the world of street art and graffiti culture.

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