Harry Rutherford's Festival of Britain Mural
Barry in Oz. ARTWORK ? Don't get me started on Graffiti. In 2010 I visited some of the most beautiful Cities in the world, all marred and scarred by Graffiti. I used to love locking them up in my previous life. I hate Graffiti.
I knew 'ARTWORK' would get a response Barry, I think Graffiti is a bit like Marmite... I think in the right places it should be encourage.. Manchester as walks you can do which lead you past certain works... of course some will call certain artwork on walls as Murals... but to me it is still Graffiti.
I go along with Barry's 'marred and scarred', and it's really wanton vandalism, but it's a bit like gardeners say: 'a weed is a plant that grows where you don't want it to grow'. As far as art's concerned it's better than the rubbish which Damien Hirst and the likes con the gullible 'art' collectors into paying vast amounts of money for.
I had a " senior " moment while sending in this post it is on the ruins of Brookfold signal box not Godley as I stated. As for scarring anything this is on a ruin surrounded by trees on the trail that used to be the old railway line so will only be seen by walkers and horse riders so its not in you face and is not hurting anyone. I would rather see this for free than some of the rubbish that is in art galleries these days, not to mention some of the sculptures that are put up around the counrty and you try to guess what they depict.
Graffiti, not artwork, is still wanton damage. Who gave the perpetrator permission to damage the building? I would need planning permission if I wanted to paint my gable end!
it was with interest i read the comments regarding the artwork/graffitti whichever you care to call it, personally I think it makes a change from the normal things which greet walkers each morning. Broken, no smashed wine bottles, beer cans, used condoms, burnt out wheelie bins, stolen and burnt out cars, cycles and anything else the vandals care to do. endangering dogs, horses, children walkers cyclists and wildlife. the pity of it is that the artist or vandal as your bloggers care to call them, would love to have use of a studio etc.
Hi JayI'm with you on this... the artist obviously as talent... many street artists now offer their services and some make a good living out of it... but they must have started off somewhere, running the risk of prosecution. It is certainly a double edge sword.. the artist need to get their work seen, and build up a reputation. Yet because of where their work is done a crime is committed. They work only becomes 'legal' with fame, when walls and such like are made available. Graffiti is a recognise art-form and rightly so... but the fact it is graffiti means it will always be looked down upon. Thanks for commenting Jay... maybe a request to Tameside Council or New Charter Housing for a suitable 'wall' or area would bring results. Manchester have at least one I know of, where artist can work without fear of arrest or prosecution.
I walk past this art/graffiti every day taking my dog for a walk and it brightens up the dull miseralbe morning
Christine(Ceecee),It's not Brookfold signal box,that was t'other side of Brookfold bridge.This is done on what's left of the old coaling stage opposite the turntable!
I knew someone who is into railways would put me right thanks (john ?)
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