Today, we reiceived a formal statement from DP in response to the confiscation of DP paintings from the The Paint Spot last week:
“First I would like to take the opportunity to thank Kim, Kelly, and all the Paintspot girls for
everything. The love, kindness and support has been huge. All this hassle was never my
intention; all I wanted was a low-key art show and fundraiser for Kids with Cancer.
If the city of Edmonton or the EPS wanted to talk to us before, during of after the show
we would have co operated fully. There was no need to raid the art show/fundraiser.
This was a legitimate art show with good intentions. DP is not a gang. DP is not a
criminal. Taking the paintings will not reveal the true identity of DP.
By having a legitimate art show, I thought I was making a positive transition. Now I fear
other artists will be reluctant to do so for fear of being prosecuted. This is why I think the
freewall discussion needs to start. Not just in our city, but in cities across Canada. By
giving freewalls to our community, we are giving artists young and old a place to develop
their skills and challenge their imaginations. Murals are a nice gesture, but a freewall is
just that, it’s FREE. It evolves, transforms and is constantly maintained by those who
use it for free. No buff required, and will even save Capital City Clean Up a few bucks in
Giving people a space to paint is like giving skateboarders a skate park to ride in. People
may still skate on sidewalks but the skate parks get used. The same can be said about
street art and graffiti. It won’t necessarily keep it off the streets, but I guarantee you
people will use the freewalls. I know I would, if it were in a safe environment.
To all the DP fans and fans of the street art and graffiti culture I say thank you for the
love and support. When it all comes down to it, we are all DP. I’d like to encourage fans
and artists alike to come drop of a piece or two at the Paintspot gallery (10032 81 Ave)
to show your support. Let’s fill the gallery walls back up. This time it can be all of our art
To the city of Edmonton, I hope we can come to a compromise. We are open to talking
about paying any fines DP may be facing and we would like to ask you the price of a
freewall, so that we may fundraise the money and hopefully get the ball rolling in this city
for some positive change.
My personal proposal to the city would be to raise the money and to turn the Southside
High Level Bridge wall into a freewall as a centennial gift to the High Level Bridge. If we
were to lay a little grass, add a bench, picnic table, and a few waste receptacles for used
paint cans, I’m sure we can make this Freewall Park area a city destination to visit. The
best part would be that we wouldn’t have to paint in the dark anymore, and others could
come watch and learn. Instead of being dictators keeping a wall grey for no reason, we
could be mentors in teaching kids to be colorful and express themselves.
The city needs a positive change, and the time is now.
DP hearts you.”
- Daft Punks Tin Tin & Asterix characters & ” D/P (Heart’s) U, Ya I Do ” near a park on 81 ave.