near to the funky monkey.
now the old amusement arcade.
the next two on townwall street going towards the recently deceased "brittania" pub.
still on townwall street then turning into mill lane.
will be interesting to read any comments from members.
very striking to say the least Howard, hate to stand in front of that if i was one over the eight
howard,dont tell me that tracy emin has been in town.
not quite a banksy are they.
Can't say that I like the abstracts but I'm in favour of those on the building. But then anything's better than a blank wall apart from a forlorn sign promising a development "coming soon".
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
not an art expert, cannot tell the difference between a beethoven and a renoir.
I think they are great and certainly brighten the place up a bit
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Very cool. I recently photographed a place under Waterloo station in London where they allow graffiti artists to paint the tunnels. There was some amazing art work there and you can even take classes in graffiti painting (don't laugh, I'm considering it.) My next book is actually about the subject and it's titled 'The writings on the wall'.
I like them - as Terry says, better than peeling paint and neglect, and many are very creative, which is sort of what art is, isn't it?! A definite thumbs up from me!
I like the one on the white wall it is a shame there were not more varied styles.
How about Burlington House having a similar makeover to this.
I try to be neutral and polite but it is hard at times.
The art is ok, also the examples that Jeane displayed. Better than a long wooden wall hiding an empty spot.
I'm not suggesting that the display in Dover's Townwall Street is to everyone's taste though.
I'm still of the opinion that the buildings that were there previously, that got knocked down earlier this year, could have been converted to dining places.
People coming from or going to the Eastern Docks could have seen them, and parked nearby in St. James carpark. A sign before the carpark could have indicated the presence of these dining places.
As it is now, the pics along the wall hiding yet another empty space are all people see of Townwall Street when passing through Dover from the Port.
I wonder if they had expected to see a dining place of sorts on entering Dover?
But may-be these pics along the wall will spur them on to greater efforts... to pass through....
seems like most of our members are in favour of it, not taken with it myself though i can understand why people prefer it to plain fences.
jeane gave us a good example of where it works, i can remember seeing something similar under the westway in london.
the problem as i see it is that however artistic it is the work is always associated with rundown areas and this is what our passing through traffic see, not an encouragement to stop and see what else dover has to offer.
I think we should ask Bansky.............to quietly give Burlington House a makeover.....He is very used to doing everything quietly....In fact, Burlington House could make a huge statement about the advances and community in this Country......The Big Society/multiculturalism etc....
I am also sure imaginative grafitti abstract Artist(s) could come up with something exciting with the random, squared off black plastic on the side of the
Dover could be Different at last......................
I have to say I find it a little irritating every time I pass by it. Although I would not discredit the people who have created this, I find it a little frustrating that it is the public face displayed to all those that 'pass through' Dover.
I do appreciate that the purpose of the screens is to hide the demolished mess behind, but a glance above the 7' panels reveals the reality anyway. Additionally the messages of 'Disco dog' hardly give the professional impression "we are trying to sort this out"
Graffiti is surely supposed to be anti establishment by it's own definition, but to facilitate it like this almost cheapens it's integrity and presents a confusing picture of our town. By all means provide spaces for young people to graffiti and be creative but not here.
One argument would be that it better than white walls (although I love the blank OSB sterling board around building sites) but genuine graffiti would give the impression of something happening. Organising people to come and fill the space gives the impression "things are not going to happen anytime soon, so we may as well fill the space"
As for it being art (although creative) I will side with Oscar Wilde: "all art is quite useless" and as this work has a function, that is to stop real graffiti being painted on the boards. So I think it probably fails...although it is very good and skillful.
"all bad art is the result of good intentions" ...that man had a line for everything!
How do people feel about memorial graffiti? I must admit I love the one for Amy Winehouse in Camden London.
that looks rather stylish to me.
i have to agree with darren over the other stuff though.
Here is a question.....
Who is behind all of this, and to what purpose....? joking apart, it has been rather shoved on us........What cost too....if they can get this done...why not start the regeneration...after all they have had 50 years.....
They remind me of how they surrounded the Bomb Sites after the War....
Could be the Prince of Wales Pier next
i love the art work it is better than looking at blank peaices of wood
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Howard, I've just given the pics a closer look, and, although I may be wrong here, I seem to have the impression that it is not actually graffiti, but paper art, meaning paper pieces have been stuck to the wall.
I will have a look this weekend, but if it were so, then I guess the art won't last longer than the next heavy rainfall or gail