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Reverse vandalism? Dude Chilling Park sign vandalized with "Guelph Park" graffiti

DH Vancouver Staff Jul 10, 2014 10:40 am

Is this reverse vandalism?

A photo tweeted today by the Globe and Mail’s Andrea Woo shows that the “Dude Chilling Park” sign at Mount Pleasant’s Guelph Park has been vandalized with graffiti that reads the public park’s real name.

A white line has also been crossed over the text, with “SASSSSSY!” (sassy) written beneath it.

The sign was created by local artist Viktor Briestensky and first appeared at the park in November 2012 as a prank. The sign and its name became highly popular, to the point that Guelph Park was temporarily renamed as ‘Dude Chilling Park’ on Google Maps and gained social media virality.

In February 2014, after a campaign by supporters to make the sign a permanent fixture, the Vancouver Park Board approved the installation of the sign as public art at a community garden close to its original location. Supporters had originally requested that the Guelph Park be renamed to Dude Chilling Park.

The decision to install the sign was even a subject matter for American late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The vandalism was seemingly done by someone who was not pleased with the public art fixture. There is no word yet on the cleanup required to remove the graffiti from the sign.


Featured Image: @AndreaWoo via Twitter


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