A TOP Huddersfield firm has come up with a novel idea to beat graffiti yobs.
Attik, the innovative design company, wants to turn a wall outside its office into a giant mural.
And the hope is that the cream of Huddersfield's wannabe artists will turn graffiti into an art form.
The novel scheme - which involves local youth workers from the Drugsense project - now hinges on Kirklees Council.
Attik's premises in Fitzwilliam Street are in a Grade II listed building and a planning application has now been submitted.
The company, which has offices in New York and Sydney as well as its home town, has been plagued by graffiti vandals for years.
It has cost the firm a large amount of money to paint over the graffiti.
But company officials are also concerned about safety.
Spokesman Hilary Robinson said: "The people climb on to a building adjoining ours and cross the roof. The only problem is there as a four-foot gap between that building and us - and a 20-foot drop beneath it.
"We have been liaising with the drugs project, which diverts kids away from drugs, and suggested having a proper mural available to highlight how graffiti can appear as art.
"We want to manage it properly, with scaffolding and safety equipment, and it could be a regular feature."
Daniel Dearnley, who works for Drugsense, said the idea had stemmed from an event they had arranged in Greenhead Park, when graffiti artists from all over the region had shown their expertise.
"We are an agency trying to turn kids away from drugs and art is a good way of doing that.
"I hope that if this project does get off the ground, people can accept some graffiti as an art form".