Contest keeps graffiti under control

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The city of Salem has come up with a creative way to keep graffiti under control.

Street artists are putting their spray paint to plywood instead of the sides of buildings. It’s the idea of Scott and Lisa Cahill, owners of Second and Lundy.

The Cahills made a deal with the artists if they scrubbed graffiti throughout the town and kept the buildings clean, they would host a graffiti competition.

“Their artwork is magnificent. I mean I’ve commissioned a few small pieces around town,” said Scott Cahill. “Other people are hiring these kids now to do artwork. It’s truly high quality. It’s interesting, magnificent.”

The artwork is being judged Saturday evening. The winner will receive $250, second place will win $150 and third place will receive $100.

Once the prizes are awarded, the artwork will be auctioned off.

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