Justin Bieber graffitis hotel wall
Justin Bieber spray paints an outside wall of the luxury QT Hotel on the Gold Coast Wednesday, before posting pictures of his handiwork on Instagram.
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The Gold Coast City Council has ordered a hotel to paint over a prized piece of graffiti by Justin Bieber.
News of the order came minutes after the QT Hotel gushed about the pop star’s decision to deface one of its walls when he stayed there earlier this week.
The hotel said it was a coup to have the star paint ‘‘a piece of art in appreciation of his stay’’, but wouldn’t say if Bieber was asked to do it.
Spray paint cans can be clearly seen at the tennis courts of the QT Hotel, after Justin Bieber wound down after his first Australian concert by unleashing his artistic side. Photo: Evan Davis
‘‘This piece of art is now available to be viewed by fans of the artist and we believe that it is a wonderful addition to the colourful Gold Coast arts scene,’’ the hotel said in a statement.
But it will not be visible for long.
Cr Tate signed a letter to the hotel on Thursday afternoon ordering it get rid of the fluorescent cartoon characters the singer and his entourage painted to ‘‘ensure that all visitors feel safe and comfortable’’.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
‘‘More than $ 2 million is of ratepayers’ hard earned money is spent on this scourge to ensure our vibrant tourism economy is protected. This investment benefits the whole city and in particular hotels and tourism operators such as QT Surfers Paradise,’’ the letter states.
‘‘Should you decide to ignore the gentle request a Show Cause Notice will be issued.’’
Although the graffiti is on private land, it is in prominent public view, a council spokesman said.
Graffiti left by Justin Bieber at his Gold Coast hotel after his first Australian concert. Photo: Evan Davis
Cr Tate arrived at the hotel on Thursday morning with a graffiti clean-up kit for the 19-year-old pop sensation, but it appeared Bieber had already left the Gold Coast bound for shows in Sydney.
So, the mayor suggested Bieber perform for free at the upcoming Mayor’s Christmas Carols event to show the community he was truly sorry.
Cr Tate promised Bieber’s best assets would be well protected if he did come back and use one of the council’s clean-up kits to get rid of his mess.
Justin Bieber has his photo taken with fans in Brisbane on November 24, 2013. Photo: Getty
‘‘I know he’s got beautiful eyes. I’ve got some goggles for him, and some gloves because I know he doesn’t want to get his hands dirty,’’ he said.
‘‘Just come and clean it up and we’ll be happy with you. Alternatively come and sing at our mayoral Christmas carols on the 7th of December for an hour and I’ll let you go.’’
In the wake of the “graffiti scandal”, a soon-to-be-built Brisbane hotel vying for its own slice of Bieber publicity extended an invitation to the singer.
The invitation to Bieber has been posted on YouTube by TRYP Fortitude Valley.
‘‘Don’t worry Justin, next time you are in Australia, come and stay at the TRYP,’’ the hotel’s managing director Barry Robinson said.
‘‘We will make you feel at home, you can express your creativity and leave your mark.”
– AAP with Marissa Calligeros