Posts Tagged ‘Public art’

On graffiti in the urban space

21/07/2011

The question of graffiti is an easy one for many working in council maintenance departments. It is a public nuisance, and to be prevented or removed as quickly as possible. This is an important requirement for many organisations, loking at the industry for anti-graffiti paints and coatings, and graffiti removal products and machinery.

The culture and politics of graffiti art is discussed at Graffiti.org, but since bookmarking the site I can’t now view it, as our firewall blocks it due to ‘criminal activity’. Tagging and offensive slogans are an eyesore for most people, other those that write them, and it’s hard to argue against this sort of graffiti as anything other than criminal vandalism.

However, there is a grey area with graffiti artists who put considerable time, effort and materials into their pieces. The work below, painted on derelict buildings in Brick lane, arguably brightens up the area. Whether it is a pleasure or an eyesore is a matter of aesthetics and taste.

sweet toof / tek / cyclops
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Public art landmarks: Iconic or eyesore?

28/03/2011

Public art landmarks have been popping up throughout the UK in recent years, especially since Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North was erected in 1998. After referencing a similar piece that I find rather enchanting, one of my Content Team colleagues pointed out that she has a rather different opinion of it, which regrettably is not fit for publication!

It led me to wondering if there was more to these spectacular commissions that have started to litter the landscape of the UK than meets the eye. I mean, somebody other than the artist must like them right?

So I started with something quite close to home and did a little looking into the Angel of the North.

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