In total 3598 graffitis or tags were removed in Brussels city centre in 2015. This amounts to 883 more than the previous year according to the Deputy Mayor of public cleanliness and culture, Karine Lalieux on Wednesday.
It started with three workers from Brussels city descended to Saint-Catherine, the Marolle and the City centre to remove graffiti. It grew and the project was then named Michelangelo. “The only thing we ask from the business owners is to leave a bucket of paint. Every day, Michelangelo finds various shops and business that have been affected by graffiti. Once the owner leaves a can of paint, they can be removed, says Karine Lalieux.
The project was launched in 2009 and has seen continued growth and appreciation. Following its success, the activity will also be extended to the pedestrian zone in the city centre and to the Sablon.