What is Strategic Vandalism?

Rare defacement of object at Alpha Chi Chapter of Theta Chi bench in front of the house on 711 Comstock Ave

What came as a surprise to many onlookers walking down Comstock is the bench in front of the alpha chi chapter of Theta Chi. Why was this bench vandalized and is it tasteful or just a bunch of strategic vandalism?

When asked how I should respond to this piece of work, I first had to analyze. For hours I looked at my phone looking at the curves of the lines and shapes that were being displayed. It seemed like the perpetrator had complete disregard for taste and message. All that the defacement did was destroy a perfectly fine bench.

Similar to building, this vandalism doesn’t seem to be very well thought out. Could be strategic vandalism!

This type of depiction could be from a building, but it looks oddly similar to strategic vandals like Katsu. This strategic defacement reminds me of early Katsu mixed with nothing original.

Image captured at 711 Comstock Syracuse, NY

A couple of days after opening up to my class about the Strategic Vandalism on 711 Comstock I came back to the same location of the bench and happened to find these inscriptions on the side of our dumpster. The inscriptions were not there when the dumpster fist got there. Thinking about this object and the new tag many questions arise. Did we get a new dumpster? Did someone strategically vandalise our dumpster? Is it actually art?

Katsu- Schacter, Rafael, and John Fekner. The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti. London Aurum Press, 2017.

Although I believe Katsu’s depiction to be more tasteful as it is away from eyesight, while everyone can see the typography on that post or the painting over on side of the letters on the defaced bench.


My Professor at Syracuse University, Kevin Adonis Browne asked me what my thoughts were on the vandalism of the bench. I told him I was dumbfounded and had no idea how I would respond. I asked some of the fellas about what we would do about the bench and they seemed to believe that the bench would look nice painted over as a blank monochrome design. I seem to agree with this idea, but I also like the character of the art prior to the bench. If only the Vandalism was more tasteful. I also seem to believe that it would be cool if someone replace the bench with art painted or stenciled on it. I know we have artists out here reading this. You can leave comments at the bottom of this page.


Schacter, Rafael, and John Fekner. The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti. London Aurum Press, 2017.

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Michael Melvin is a Writer, Musician, and Advocate. While attending Syracuse University he has been an active member on campus even holding positions in Greek Life and Clubs/Activities on campus. He has recently gained notoriety for his performance at the Wescott Theater, where he played music in a simulacrum which commented on the lack of discourse during the pandemic. Through a global pandemic, Melvin has come out as a resilient persona who questions modern conventions and looks for oppurtunites to adapt to newfound successes.

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