According to the artist, “Potholes are dangerous. Not only do they wreck vehicles, cause accidents they also injure cyclists and are a danger to pedestrians.” He said people will drive over the same pothole and forget about it, and they’ll be there for months.
“I understand the council are stretched and may not have time to highlight big potholes with yellow paint, but luckily, I do,” he pointed out.
According to Bury Council, in Greater Manchester, the action of the individual was incredibly insulting to local residents. It said the person has not considered how families with young children would feel when they see these obscene symbols.
“Art should provoke a reaction and these pieces do that, generally a positive one. Potholes are very hard to see you tend to forget about them until it’s too late. But draw a big yellow willy round it, you can’t help but notice them and hopefully avoid it too, saving the vehicle from damage or the rider from injury,” he said.
“People are entitled to express their grievances to the council, but offending the public and wasting their council tax is not the way to resolve the situation,” the council said.
It said these obscene paintings were akin to wasting valuable time and resources.
The artist notes the drawings will fade away in “a week or two,” so the vandalism isn’t permanent.