Local park tagged with graffiti, resident responds with her own art

"Love you"

"Love you" was painted over graffiti at local park

Kathy Anderson, who owns Our Little Schoolhouse in Mary Esther, woke up the day after Thanksgiving to find the park behind her house tagged with graffiti.

Vesta Heights, located on Memorial Parkway, was tagged Thanksgiving night. According to Anderson, this is the second time the park (and her fence) has been tagged.

Vesta Heights playground tagged
Vesta Heights playground tagged
Vesta Heights playground tagged
Vesta Heights playground tagged

Frustrated, she went to her art studio in her backyard and grabbed some paint to try and cover up the graffiti. Not knowing what she was going to paint, she just started…

First was a flower

Flower to cover up graffiti

Next, she started painting a sun

However, as she started painting the sun, she changed her mind. Anderson, a lover of horror flicks, decided to draw some inspiration from the Saw Movies.

Artwork inspired by the Saw Movies

The sun became the symbol you see on the Jigsaw doll.

“I want to play a game with you.”

via Giphy

Finish with love

After the flower and Jigsaw art was complete, Anderson wrote the words “Love you”. When asked why, she replied that it was a much better message than what was tagged on the fence.

"Love you" was painted over graffiti at local park
“Love you” was painted over graffiti at local park

She then signed the artwork with her name and her sister’s.

An artist signs their work

👏👏👏

Job well done, Kathy! We love the art you’ve added to the park!

If you’re down at the park, do yourself a favor a take a pic with the new mural!