Graffiti of the canefield shed mural on the Sunshine Motorway near Mudjimba. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Graffiti of the canefield shed mural on the Sunshine Motorway near Mudjimba. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

Coast community outraged over graffiti on iconic mural

THE Sunshine Coast community is outraged by the defacing of the iconic beachscape mural.

More than 330 people took to the Daily's Facebook page to vent their frustration.

"This is why we can't have anything nice," Jaime Kennedy said.

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Lea Schloss said she was heartbroken at the news.

"These are really pathetic individuals and I refuse to look at the picture of their so-called art," she said.

"A real artist respects others and their property."

Amy Smith said it made her blood boil.

"What disrespectful low-lifes," she said.

"Especially after what Owen went through to get here to repaint it."
 

Artist Owen Cavanagh has re-painted the mural along the Sunshine Motorway after vandals sprayed graffiti over it.
Artist Owen Cavanagh has re-painted the mural along the Sunshine Motorway after vandals sprayed graffiti over it. Che Chapman

Some contributors offered interesting ideas as to how to punish the offenders when they were caught by authorities.

"Give them a toothbrush and tell them to hold it in their mouth and clean every bit off like that," Lill Klein said.

"They might think twice if they decide to do it again."

Trish Callow suggested some military service would do the trick.

When it comes to punishing the offenders, Abbie McCabe called for harsher penalties.

"Teach the scumbags a lesson and put them in jail for six months," she said.

John Solomon said he feared they would be let off lightly.

"If caught I suspect that there will be a severe wrist belting with the new feather then let loose to repeat," he said.

"Thanks judges, you continue to release 94.4 % of offenders. That'll help with crime prevention."

Others thought the high level of exposure the initial graffiti attack had generated was the cause of the artwork being targeted for a second time.

Grump Payne said he did not understand why people were surprised the mural had been targeted for a second time.

"Anyone that wanted some attention needed look no further," he said.

"Icon or not, what more did you expect?"

Monica Simpson said it was "pointless to restore it".

"There are too many fools on the coast with too much time and little to do."