Was in London today meeting a few friends and acquaintances, some graf related, some not, but saw some stuff that I thought would be of interest. Found out some other stuff that will be of interest to cover here later in the year, but here’s the present day for now.
Walked past the site of the covered over ‘Banksy Rivington Street Rat‘ and saw it for myself. Those boards really are huge. If they’re taking it, they’re taking the ‘Banksy TV being thrown out of the painted window‘ too. Who knows how you remove that much of a building safely.
Further down the street dropped into the Forster Gallery. Had heard rumours, but was gutted to see how the Xenz piece there, done on some huge boards next to the Gallery for his show, had been tagged over. I know this has been a debate on this blog and beyond recently, but here’s an interesting example.
A large percentage of the people at the show’s opening night asked about buying these boards, to be told they were up for auction for a prostate cancer charity. A blind auction was very publically held for them and i understand ended with a five figure sum. The boards have since been largely tagged over, and the winning bidder is understandably a little concerned with his ‘prize’. Very good people are now trying hard to sort this situation out, but there’s a reasonable chance to think that this tagging might just have cost a charity a large amount of money. Let’s hope the taggers never get prostate cancer hey?
The tag on the left says ‘smart crew’. I hear the original artist found this name ironic.
Another shot, Smart Crew tag behind the tree.
This piece was truly awesome, London burning. Now the St Stephen’s Tower part of it has been tagged too.
A smaller tag at the end of the piece.
See, i think if a piece is about to get a prostate cancer charity a lot of money, destroying it through tagging is a bad thing to do. Prostate cancer is classless, so should this be.
On a happier note, i fleetingly saw the front of Target Electronics off Stokes Croft, that previously had a nice piece on it, getting redone earlier tonight. Will try and get down tomorrow to check it out.