Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Graffiti, My Arts

After his recent blog comment, BenjyP has e-mailed me this photo of graffiti on the wall along 'Pigs Alley' (which runs from Green Lane, past the back of The Hamptons and over to Trafalgar Avenue).

There is, of course, a whole debate to be had about when graffiti stops being graffiti and starts being art. Or perhaps this is just artistic graffiti?

Then, as I was admiring the photograph, Mrs WP interjected to muddy the waters further;

"Nice. Very talented." she observed. "Shame - it will probably just be graffitied over soon...'



11 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Andrew said...

Stunning graffiti. It may not become overlaid - there is a nice community piece under the railway bridge at The Plough which has not been spoiled in the several years it has been there. That's "respect" for you.

I used to have to do cross country down "Pig Farm Alley" as I knew it. It was always full of s**t and dead cats. Happy days !

Anonymous said...

its a shame i admired this with my children everday . It lasted about 3 weeks then some idiots spra painted over it.

Anonymous said...

now to me thats better than any banksy mural,and probably only cost 50 sobs.tell you what why dont they do every bay: there is at least a mile of concrete wall the council could even employ hoodys at either end to collect a fee for viewing.the money collected could go towards cleaning other outbreaks of graffiti thus hoprfully shaming these cretins from ruining other peoples property,because all these taggers know one and other through other taggers and if they gain there patch on a protected wall it could well become the golden mile of the carbuncle that was once the sewarage wall[keeping all the turds where they should be so the wall will still be doing its original job].jimmy.x

Anonymous said...

I do believe that this is based on a piece of concept art for the yet-to-be-released PC game "Starcraft 2". A shame its been spray painted over, its really rather good. For comparison: http://www.afraidyet.net/photoplog/images/44/1_wallpaper_starcraft_2_05_1920x1080.jpg

David said...

I was walking along this path a few Saturdays ago. When I reached the point where this 'art' had been sprayed there were two chaps, in their twenties, with paint rollers, blanking out the heavily graffitied wall. I assumed they were clearing up the area but then I noticed their bulging boxes of spray paint which they were obviously going to use to create their own form of urban art. They weren't at all phased by the fact that it was 10 o'clock in the morning and everyone passing could see what they were up to!

Downwind of the Cock said...

When I saw that the first thing I thought was "Starcraft". I hav to stay away from Starcraft II, if I get dragged in it will cost me everything I hold dear.

It looks really good though.....

Anonymous said...

So, from from what people are saying, as long as it looks good, any one can advertise a commercial game for example, in an illegal way, and its OK? I am a little confused as to the difference between graffiti art which tends to be tollerated and unlicenced advertisements which certainly should not. I wonder what people would think if it were a pretty picture from a macdonalds ad campaign. I suppose at least there is tracebility back to a company making money from this advertising. And it can be easily wiped too.

Worcester Park said...

I don't think there was ever any suggestion that this was a paid-for advertisement from the games company, just an artistic tribute. Either way it's still vandalism - albeit artistic vandalism.

Andrew H said...

I don't know if i'd stretch to saying this is vandalism. Fine, if they did it on your front door, or your car windows, or your grandmothers face, then yes, id say its vandalism. But this is in a alley used by a handful of people each week, and being painted on a drab, decrepid, collapsing concrete wall, (and the wall at the back of the council tip), and literally cant be seen by anyone unless you walk down the alley. Its an outlet for people who, on the whole, are pretty good, and very artistic. I dont think they should be vilified for using this particular spot as an outlet.

And it certainly isn't unsolicited advertising, no more so than you telling your mates that you've found a new brand of cigarette which you prefer, and subsequently leaving the pack on the table down the pub.

Rick said...

Unless it was done with the owner's knowledge and agreement, in law, it's vandalism and criminal damage. For obvious reasons, there has to be one law for everyone, regardless of perceived artistic abilities.

But these guys clearly have real ability and it's rather a shame that this (presumably local) talent can't be better recognised in some more productive way.

Perhaps some of our local traders might like to showcase and sell such artistic works in the High Street? (E.g. cafes) Alternatively, I've known Nonsuch Mansion to sometimes show and sell paintings by local artists. Are there any traders out there with some blank walls and an entrepreneurial spirit?

Anonymous said...

My colleague at work sells her stuff in Nonsuch Park cafe but I am sure that she would like somewhere else local to sell her paintings too.

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