John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
A year-long experiment with the anti-graffiti squad.
Call Mobstr the Tom Sawyer of street art. Through dedication and mind games, he’s tricked some poor sap into painting an entire wall.
I cycled past this wall on the way to work for years. I noticed that graffiti painted within the red area was “buffed” with red paint. However, graffiti outside of the red area would be removed via pressure washing. This prompted the start of an experiment. Unlike other works, I was very uncertain as to what results it would yield. Below is what transpired over the course of a year.
Art or Valhalla-level trolling, you be the judge: