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FIERCE, a new play set in the world of the graffiti artist, is set to open this month. Meanwhile, Glasgow and Edinburgh’s councils have launched initiatives aiming to help clean

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up this illegal practice. Isn’t it time for a rethink? Ruth Hedges and over the page, Steve Cramer check out the artistic side of spray can art.

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