Vandals deface Bergen Place mural

Vandals have sprayed graffiti on the historical mural at Bergen Place Park.

The graffiti was discovered this morning. “I am deeply sadened by the lack of respect someone has for the mural,” explains Victoria Sangrey Hunter, who volunteers with Friends of Bergen Place. The mural was created in 1995 with help from the Ballard Historical Society, and it was dedicated by the King and Queen of Norway. “(It) holds deep emotional ties for many Ballard residents,” she says. “Please help us find those who did this, and if that can’t be done, then please watch the park and report illegal activity by calling 911.”

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chopper_74
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chopper_74

I'd bet a dozen of these local thugs recognize those tags and know who they belong to, maybe the SPD as well.
Someone will open their pie-hole, pass it on to the authorities.
I hope it can be restored soon, it's sickening to look at.

skipspence
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skipspence

punks

nwcitizen
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nwcitizen

What a shame. Has the mural been tagged before?

I called Seattle Parks & Recreation graffiti line (684-7250). The person I talked with did not know if it was the responsibility of Seattle Parks to remove the graffiti but said she would report the incident.

If anyone knows who would be responsible for removal of the graffiti, please call Parks and Rec and let them know.

ballardblonde
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ballardblonde

the front of the smoke shop got hit over the weekend as well. while it wasn't on a mural, it is still defacing ballard. just horrible.

timwack
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timwack

My only hope is that someday, when these “mental midgets” grow up, something valuable to them and their families gets 'tagged' by a couple of small-brained punks.
Destroying art. What a brilliant way to show how important you are!

shanedillon
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shanedillon

The old ballard library/Abraxus books has been tagged too. :-(

There need to be much stronger punishments for when people are caught.

nwcitizen
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nwcitizen

I read that the Department of Neighborhoods owns the mural so I called

Heather McAuliffe, Pike Place Market Historical Commission,
Ballard Avenue Landmark Board
(206) 684-0229

and left a message for her about the tagging.

studio5412
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studio5412

Heather might be a good person to talk to, as she used to work on the graffiti patrol for the city. Now that the detective is no longer available, she might be able to help.

Neal
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Neal

Two of these little bastards hit a nice old brick wall on my property last night. I wonder if they have any idea what kinds of violent fantasies homeowners have about catching them in the act.

T
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T

I think it's time for a sting operation. Let's find a building with a big blank wall and paint it a nice clean white. Then setup lookouts and cameras and wait patiently :)

BTown
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BTown

I know “an eye for an eye” isn't the best method for solving problems, but I've always wanted to tag a tagger. Just take the can always and start spray painting their shoes and clothing.

Ernie_98107
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Ernie_98107

I agree that it probably isn't very productive, but it sure would be fun to rig a nice clean wall, as suggested above by T, and install some kind of pressurized sprayer behind the wall with nozzles evenly spaced across the wall and when the taggers start to tag, just let it rip and douche them from head to toe with bright red paint!

Of course a critical component of this system would be multiple hidden cameras so that you could edit a nice YouTube video with slo-mo and different angles etc.

boardbrown
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boardbrown

Do they EVER get caught?

HW
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HW

No respect.

Ballard_Rocks_Now
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Ballard_Rocks_Now

Do they even investigate? I seriously can't see SPD investigating tagging. If you've ever had your car broken into you know how little quality of life issues matter to SPD unless they're also strippers.

crownpill
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crownpill

Shame to see punks deface public spaces.

SPU can track down who's responsible for addressing graffiti, either on public or private property. I'd suggest that folks promptly file a report when they see new graffiti. Here's a link to the SPU report form:

http://www.seattle.gov/util/Services/Garbage/Ke

hilda
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hilda

I'm rather surprised there isn't a camera installed at Bergen Place. If there had been one, the Police could see who did it and perhaps catch the disrespectful morons.

little birdy
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little birdy

talk to kate martins kid. he's responsible for most of that crap.

studio5412
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studio5412

Board Brown,

In answer to your question, “Do they ever get caught?”, yes, one was caught last year – got his cell phone, too. He eventually ended up going to court, had his hand slapped and was turned over to his parents. These tender young juveniles must be nurtured and coddled. The poor things are SO misunderstood.

Volunteer
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Volunteer

Friends of Bergen Place maintains the mural. We are aware of the tagging, have contacted Seattle City Parks who contacted the police, Seattle City Council, Beth Miller at the Ballard Chamber of Commerce and Rob Mattson to name a few. We will be painting the border but need to contact the artist about how to take care of the picture itself. This will take time as he lives in Canada. If you find out who did this, please contact Rob Mattson at Department of Neighborhoods in Ballard. Thank you.

MichaelSnyder
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MichaelSnyder

I want the tagger who hit my building to be sentenced to scrub every centimeter of their tag off of the marblecrete with a toothbrush!

pattr
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pattr

Check under the fingernails of the patrons of Chai House for paint and you have your perpertrators.

Fairburn
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Fairburn

Dear MyBallard.com – I appreciate that this site reports on important community stories like this, but please consider that posting photos of the graffiti glorifies the taggers. A photo of the original artwork prior to its defacing would suffice.

Ernie_98107
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Ernie_98107

I agree 100% Fairburn, I can just see the little twirps telling their friends “Dooods, I made the Ballard Blog!”

Ernie_98107
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Ernie_98107

It's not cool to call out people by name and accuse them of a crime unless you have solid evidence, and if you have solid evidence you should report it to the cops, not the blog.