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Got a graffiti problem in your neighborhood?
A 12-foot-tall bronze statue on the University of Arizona campus depicting four bobcats — a male, a female and two kittens — and benches near the sculpture were covered with yellow spray paint and the letters “ASU” Monday morning.
The city took drastic steps before dawn this morning to stop vandals from continuing to hit a graffiti hot spot — the massive overhead signs telling drivers what ramp to use at the intersection of Barraza-Aviation Parkway, Alvernon Way and Golf Links Road.
Elephant Snot isn’t the answer.
The Tucson teen facing felony charges for spray-painting graffiti on cacti in Saguaro National Park in May had been placed on probation by a Juvenile Court judge just a day before the vandalism.
Tucson police arrested a 16-year-old Monday on suspicion of spray-painting graffiti on saguaros and boulders at Saguaro National Park East.
Katherine Henrichs daubs a cleaning product known as Elephant Snot onto graffiti tags as a 14-member crew from Southwest Conservation Corps cleans up the damage along Douglas Spring Trail in Saguaro National Park East. A 16-year-old youth has been arrested and faces felony vandalism charges.
Eleven saguaros were among 41 objects defaced with graffiti on Douglas Spring Trail in May.
A crew from the Southwest Conservation Corps passes a tag, one of 11 sprayed on saguaros in May along a 3.5-mile stretch of the Douglas Spring Trail in the Saguaro National Park Rincon District. The crew is cleaning up the damage.
Elephant Snot, a commercial cleaner made by a company called Graffiti Solutions, has proven effective on hard surfaces.
It's called Elephant Snot - yep, that's the brand name - and Saguaro National Park officials hope to learn by late July whether it's safe as well as effective in removing graffiti from cactuses.
Two weeks after saguaros were vandalized along a popular Tucson hiking trail, more cacti have been destroyed.
A Saguaro National Park East volunteer was fired from his job as a mounted trail patrol for contacting the news media about vandals painting graffiti on saguaros and boulders along one of the park's scenic trails earlier this week.
"Simon says leave him" is written in bright red paint across the face of a boulder near the trailhead of Pima Canyon, just north of Tucson. It's not the only instance of defacement of nature, and attempts to remove the graffiti are difficult.
A springtime walk on the Pima Canyon Trail can be a bonanza of beauty - and also a bit of a bummer.
Do neighborhood vandals constantly blight your fence or garage with graffiti?