A HUGE "painting" of cartoon character Homer Simpson being strangled by Monty Burns has emerged at the top of a terraced hillside near the southern end of the new stretch of Bruce Hwy at Federal.
Amused motorists have watched the piece of graffiti art develop over the past four months.
One daily commuter between Gympie and Nambour said yesterday work on the 10m-high "instalment' had started about four months ago, but little had been added until the last seven days or so, when each day revealed a bit more paintwork, until it appeared to have been finished by the weekend.
"It looks really good though," the commuter said.
Police were not so amused, warning that the activity was actually illegal and could land the unknown "artist" or "artists" in court.
Gympie police said yesterday that as far as they were aware no complaint had been made by the owners of the land (Department of Transport and Main Roads) and no investigation into the graffiti was under way.
A Police Media spokesman said yesterday graffiti was an offence under the Criminal Code Act 1899 and could land the perpetrator up to seven years in jail.
The Criminal Code says:
(1) If the property in question is in a public place, or is visible from a public place, and the destruction or damage is caused by:
(a) spraying, writing, drawing, marking or otherwise applying paint or another marking substance; or
(b) scratching or etching;
the offender commits a crime and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.
(2) The court may:
(a) whether or not it imposes any other penalty for the offence, order the offender to perform community service under the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992, part 5, division 2, including for example, removing graffiti from property; and
(b) whether or not it imposes any penalty for the offence, order the offender to pay compensation to any person under the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992, part 3, division 4.