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Joy Division memorial gets painted over, again

Nov 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Latest News, News

WELLINGTON’S  iconic Ian Curtis memorial wall has been painted over, again – but no one is putting their hand up to say they did it.

The crude white paint memorial on Wallace St in Mt Cook has existed for 30 years as a memorial to the Joy Division front man in a variety of forms, and it’s not the first time it’s been covered up.

It was painted over two years ago by the council, but re-appeared a short time after.

“As we said two years ago when our graffiti crew last painted it over, Joy Division obviously isn’t everyone’s cup of tea,” says Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean.

“Our crew clearly doesn’t like the band – or has never heard of them.”

In 2009, he was quoted by The Dominion Post as saying though the council could not condone graffiti, if the Ian Curtis wall returned, “they [the graffiti team] may turn a blind eye to it.”

He has yet to confirm that it was council staff who did the paint-over this time.

“We think it is our work, but our crew are out and about and so are sometimes hard to reach.

“We also won’t be surprised if the name pops up again, though a lot of Ian Curtis’ original fans are now approaching an age where they might struggle to muster the wherewithal to get the job done.”

The wall has achieved a cult status in Wellington and around the world.
It is mentioned on Ian Curtis’ Wikipedia page and has two Facebook fan pages.

The Ian Curtis Wall appreciation society has 144 members and the Ian Curtis Memorial Wall, Wellington, New Zealand page has 48 “likes”.

Ian killed himself in 1980 in his home in Macclesfield, near Manchester, on the eve of the band’s first tour of the United States.

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