Is drawing on Medford, Ore., shop graffiti?
Sunday, May 13, 2012
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A vivid drawing on the front of an east Medford pipe shop has ignited a debate over whether the mural is art, graffiti, or another counterculture reference.
Medford officials cited the shop, known as 42 degrees -- similar to the marijuana reference "420" -- for graffiti.
Business owner Adam Spiegel tells the Mail-Tribune (http://bit.ly/Kkf5GA) it can't be graffiti because he authorized it. He considers the mural a piece of art.
Most of the mural has been painted onto two roll-up doors that are visible when the business is closed.
The city received a complaint, which prompted a warning May 1 that it had to be removed or the business faced a possible $150 fine.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/