Unieke voor en na beelden van schoongemaakte street-art en graffiti in Eindhoven

Unique before and after images of cleaned street art and graffiti in Eindhoven

The starting point for this project was the discovery of a missive database of photographs made by cleaning companies in Eindhoven, a city in the Netherlands known for its industrial heitage, including the Philips factories. Between 2007 and 2013, these companies were commissioned to remove unauthorised images from municipal property in the city’s public space. As evidence of their work, they photographed each site twice – before and after cleaning – which resulted in a huge archive of 50,000 images.

When the authors, Vincent Wittenberg and Wladimir Manshanden, stumbled upon this bizarre collection, they immediately appreciated its historic value. The database is a meticulous seven-year inventory of the graffiti and sticker culture in Eindhoven and exposes the city’s struggle with the ambivalence of combatting vandalism versus embracing subcultures. It also documents urban space as a territory where a wide range of people leave their mark.

Sorry for damage done represents three percent of the entire database: more than fifteen hundred chronologically ordered photographs of graffiti and their ‘cleaned up’ counterparts.

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Sorry for Damage Done

Including the essay The destruction of Non Art by Christian Omodeo.

352 Pages

concept and editing: Vincent Wittenberg and Wladimir Manshanden
production: Jasper van Es
essay: Christian Omodeo
translation: Hélene Planquelle
text editing: Nanne op ‘t ende
design: Rob vna Hoesel and Carel Fransen
printing and binding: Wilco Art Books, Amersfoort (NL)
edition: 1000|
publisher: The Eriskay Connection (
isbn: 978-94-92051-26-1

This publication is supported by the City of Eindhoven, MU artspace, Dynamo Jeugdwerk, Coffeeshop Pink, BIKI90, Niels Wildenberg, Caspar de Haan.

Special thanks to Johan van den Boomen and Frank Claassen.


Additional information

Weight 840 g
Dimensions 23 × 17 × 2.1 cm