Leimen (dpa/lsw) - Inge Hess from Leimen, ugly junction boxes are a thorn in her side. She fights against the misery of these gray boxes with spray cans and witty sayings. The 80-year-old graffiti artist mainly shares her hobby with young men. That's why she unexpectedly became a celebrity in the city in the Rhein-Neckar district. In the meantime, perhaps more people associate the 27,000-inhabitant community with the sprightly senior citizen and her unusual pastime than with ex-tennis star Boris Becker, who also comes from Leimen. He's in a British prison, while "Graffiti-Inge" can hardly believe the nationwide attention she's been receiving in the press and on television.
The commitment of the citizen is praised in the town hall. "The graffiti that unfortunately can be found everywhere, some of which show obscene, insulting or even anti-constitutional content, is a blot on the municipal image," says Mayor Hans Reinwald (CDU). Everything that contributes to making them disappear as quickly as possible, or even better not to appear at all, is therefore to be welcomed.
Hess finds it difficult to put graffiti sprayers in the corner of criminals. The senior citizen understands the impetuous, unconventional, sometimes brutal nature of the sprayed pictures: "The young people need an outlet," she says.