Transport authority outraged over metro graffiti ‘art’

Stockholm county transport authority, SL, has demanded compensation from Sweden's University College of Arts, Craft and Design (Konstfack) after one of its students vandalized a metro car in a comment on graffiti.

SL has announced that it is considering reporting the sabotage to the police, and on Sunday declared its intention to seek 100,000 kronor ($12,000) in compensation from Konstfack.

SL is also demanding an apology for the “offence caused to the affected passengers.”

“We will forward our demand to Konstfack’s management on Sunday. To us this is completely unacceptable,” SL’s Christer G Wennerholm said to the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Swedish culture minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth expressed anger on Saturday after seeing the film of the art student’s work.

“I do not think that vandalism is art. And I presume that Konstfack does not intend to pay for the train car,” she said at the Market art fair in Stockholm.

The minister’s reaction came after watching the two minute long film, “Territorial pissing” which features a masked graffiti artist splashing masses of paint in front of a crowd of metro passengers. The artist also then breaks a window.