A Gold Coast hotel says it asked for Justin Bieber to spray a wall with graffiti and wants to keep it, saying it’s a work of art.
The hotel targeted in an overnight graffiti spree by Justin Bieber says it gave the Canadian pop star permission to spray paint the wall.
“He asked, and we said YES”, the QT Hotel on the Gold Coast says on its Facebook page next to a picture of the colourful spray can artwork.
Bieber landed himself in trouble after photos and video footage showed him nonchalantly spraying cartoon faces in fluorescent paint on the wall at the Surfers Paradise hotel early on Wednesday following his first Brisbane show.
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tait said the council would order the QT Hotel to get rid of the graffiti.
However, the hotel reckons it’s a coup to have the star paint “a piece of art in appreciation of his stay”.
“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.
The graffiti was on private property and not accessible from public land, a hotel spokesman said, which meant the council had no authority to get rid of it.
It said in a comment on its Facebook page that “we absolutely gave approval”.
The singer has been given two options by the mayor to make amends.
Mr Tait wants Bieber to either clean up the mess himself or perform a free concert at an upcoming Christmas carols event.
“The last thing we want is to have graffiti glorified and more young people thinking it’s a cool thing to do,” he told AAP.
“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.
Comment is being sought from Bieber’s management.
It is understood the singer will make a statement shortly.