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Developer pulls down part of M50 graffiti wall

A graffiti wall that was a giant canvas for the city’s artists was partially torn down yesterday.

Pictures of the demolished wall at the M50 creative hub on Moganshan Road immediately surfaced online, fueling concern  among artists and netizens alike with some suggesting that it would be all gone in a week’s time.

“I’m sad that it’s finally gone because we all had a great time there and it became a unique site of the city,” said T.G.R, a local graffiti artist.

“I’m not totally surprised. We all knew it would be gone one day, so every extra day was a gift. When it was said the wall would be gone by end of 2011, we already started working on other walls in the city.”

But the owner of the wall, a local real estate developer, told Shanghai Daily they would not demolish the entire stretch of the wall — at least for now.

“We are doing some piping works at the empty land now, that’s why we took down a small portion of the wall, which was originally built to prevent intruders,” the company spokesperson said.

“Whether we will keep the wall or demolish it depends on the development plan, which we don’t have as yet.”

Workers on the site confirmed they were only told to take down part of the wall to build an entrance into the undeveloped land where construction will begin next year. No other instruction about the wall was given to them.

The long stretch of road has been the epicenter of street art for the last five to six years. There have been many reports before when property developers said it would be torn down, but artists, both locals and foreigners, pleaded  that it should remain a wall of art.



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