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Penis graffiti marks potholes in Islamabad

A possible copycat street artist in Pakistan has painted penises around potholes in protest about road repairs - just like a street artist did in this country.

A Twitter user, Ashar Jamil, noticed the potholes in his street in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, and posted pictures on his social media account.

He tweeted: "Someone has marked every pothole with a penis on a road near me.”

The freelance graphic designer, 26, told the Evening Standard that the unknown graffiti artist "deserves a medal", as roads in the sector of the capital where lives have "many potholes."

He said: "It was extremely funny for me. It was putting smile on everyone passing by that road. This guy seriously deserves a medal.”

Earlier this year we reported how an anti-pothole campaigner with an artistic bent was trying to force his local council to take action to fill them in – by paining penises around them.

He says his artwork, which first appeared in Ramsbottom, is yielding results with the holes filled in quickly, but Bury council say cleaning his graffiti is costing money that could be used to repair roads.

Going by the name Wanksy, his Facebook page, which has around 1,000 ‘likes’ has images of his work, which is done in non-permanent paint.

Pothole penis graffiti (source Wanksy Facebook page)

Pothole penis graffiti (source Wanksy Facebook page)

In the ‘about’ section of the page, he describes himself as “taking direct action by using art to highlight the dangerous potholes that damage our vehicles and harm cyclists on a daily basis.”
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He said: “The roads of Manchester are in an appalling state, especially around Bury. I have cyclist friends who have been hospitalised.

“They damage vehicles. Sometimes it’s hard to know which pothole caused the damage because there are so many. When I’ve finished in Ramsbottom, I’ll move on to the rest of Manchester.”

He went on: “I wanted to attract attention to the pothole and make it memorable. Nothing seemed to do this better than a giant comedy phallus. It’s also speedy, I don’t want to be in the road for a long time.

“It seems to have become my signature. I just want to make people smile and draw attention to the problem. It seems to be working, judging from the Facebook fan page.”

He says that typically potholes, some of them there for a year, are filled within between 48 hours and a week of his contribution.

 

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