A mystery “road artist” has been drawing pictures of penises around potholes to bring the attention of the local civic authorities to fix them.
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.
In order to get them reported or fixed, he came up with this idea of drawing something amusing around it, so that everyone sees it.
The activist said that one pothole had been there for eight months, but after he drew the drawing, the pothole was fixed in less than 48 hours.
“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.
However, the civic authorities have described them as “obscene” and urged him to stop his painting.
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.
However, according to the artist, it was not an actual photograph but a drawing. He argues that artists have used naked body for painting for years.
“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.
But the potholes are nonetheless getting filled.
The artist notes the drawings will fade away in “a week or two,” so the vandalism isn’t permanent.