Council outraged over sports fields doodles visible from space

A crude 'artist' has used three suburban Melbourne sports fields to create giant shapes of male genitalia, so big they have been picked up by satellite.

Google Earth imaging on Wednesday showed the penis-and-testes outlines at Thornbury's John Cain Memorial Park and Hayes Park, and Preston's TW Blake Park.

One of the drawings on the field at Hayes Park in Thornbury. Source: Google Earth

At Hayes Park, one of the phalluses stretches almost the entire length of a cricket ground, and at John Cain another is carved out between the goal posts of a soccer field.

It appears the shapes have been mown into grass and at some sites, turf has started to grow back.

A clear image of the phallis seen in John Cain Memorial Reserve. Source: Google Maps

Local mayor Susan Rennie is frustrated by the grass graffiti.

"Darebin Council condemns this type of irresponsible vandalism on our parks and sportsgrounds," she said in a statement.

"It is not a cheap joke - fixing the affected ovals is complex, costly and time-consuming.

"Council is taking action to remove the graffiti, but it can take months for the grass to recover, during which time our community are left using sub-standard grounds which can be a safety hazard."

A Google Earth image captured on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, of TW Blake Park in Preston. Source: AAP

At each location there is at least two outlines.

According to Crime Prevention Victoria, those who mark publicly visible graffiti or offensive graffiti on private property without the owner’s consent can face up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $38,057.

The field graffiti comes after ‘creative’ pilots were caught writing cheeky messages in the sky.

In February a pilot was flying out of Parafield Airport, north of Adelaide, when he traced the word “I’m bored” in kilometre-long letters.

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