Leeds graffiti removal demand row gets mixed response

Graffiti artist Chris Miller next to the mural.
Graffiti artist Chris Miller next to the mural.
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A demand by Leeds City Council that graffiti be removed from the side of a house has led to a debate about art.

Chris Miller was commissioned by homeowner Anthony Olatunji to create a mural on the side of 1 Garton Terrace in East End Park.

The piece asks youngster to "reach for the stars".

The piece asks youngster to "reach for the stars".

The council has demanded that it be wiped clean after getting complaints from residents who deemed the piece an offensive “eye-sore”.

YEP readers have since taken to social media expressing their views about the painting.

Andrea Allan posted: “There’s nothing offensive in the content of his work. He obviously has a talent.”

Brandon Sedgwick said: “Art...Just a shame graffiti is often frowned upon but done rightly like this can make dull walls look like a thing of beauty and adds character. As long as it’s not gang related then let it be.”

Laura Larkin said: "My daughter absolutely loved this and made me reverse and stop so she could have a picture with it!"

But neighbour Kayleigh Barrass said that “when it’s at the top of your street (but one) you don’t see it as artwork. It looks horrific and just makes this bit of the area look even worse than it already does in parts.”

Kay Webster added: "In the rundown bin-yards and on recreational areas fair enough but if it was done on the end of your road would your neighbours all want it?"

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