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Downtown Truro business draws new picture of spray painters

By Jason Malloy
TRURO - A North River teenager has taken his enjoyment of an activity usually kept underground out in the open.
Noticing graffiti on the back of M.P. Crowell Ltd., Ben Brush decided to approach the downtown Truro business to see if he could display his own artwork.
"When there's stuff like that there's more of a chance they'll let you do big colourful stuff," he said Monday from behind the Prince Street furniture store.
The business decided to not only allow him the space but also provided the paint.
"We just appreciate his honesty to come in and ask us," said Randy Crowell.
Graffiti has been a problem around town the past few years but this project is unlike the negative tag work done by others. It is being done during the day and with the owners' approval.
Brush, who was wearing a protective mask, has been at the project for three days and his goal is to cover the large grey wall. He took art in Grade 10 and said he enjoys expressing himself through his painting.
"It's pretty much one of the only ways you can make your art this public," the North River resident said.
Crowell said he asked Brush what would happen if someone comes by and tags his work. The businessman was told usually others would not bother painting over someone's work. If they do, Brush said, he would be back to fix it.

Organizations: DAILY NEWS, M.P. Crowell

Geographic location: North River, Prince Street

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