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Does Shanghai Need Graffiti?
    2007-05-29 13:16:41     CRIENGLISH.com

A huge painting featuring Shanghai's landmarks hangs on a wall inside Shanghai Stadium subway station on January 11, 2007. [File Photo: Xinhua]

Is graffiti painting art, rubbish or a crime? This issue has aroused hot debate in Shanghai.

The Shanghai Daily reports that graffiti street art is thriving now in Shanghai, due to the opening of more and more streetwear stores. Companies such as Source and adFunture invite international graffiti artists to the city on a regular basis. They deem graffiti a popular art form, representing artisits' creativity and imagination. Meanwhile, it's also kind of fun for the artisit.

But the paper cites some urban management workers as saying that graffiti paintings have the same status as illegal fly-posting campaigns, though currently no specific law against "art on the walls" has been drafted.

Some other local people have said that they don't like the walls on the public area to be graffitied; they want them clean. They suggest the urban management authority assign specific areas of the city for graffiti painting, while in other areas, graffiti should not be allowed. 

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