Clean-up volunteers turn art critics as 'street art' gets a lick of paint
GRAFFITI that once adorned hoardings surrounding the Greyfriars site in Gloucester has been painted over – save for a few Beastie creations.
Volunteers taking part in a city clean-up turned art critics as they covered over some of the work, but left selected creations in situ.
The clean-up was organised by the city council to spruce up the area ahead of the History Festival and Gloucester Day parade.
A lick of grey paint has covered the hoardings, which run between Brunswick Road and Southgate Street.
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Some of the more artistic creations by Gloucester's very own Banksy, who goes by the name of Beastie, have been untouched, but other arguably lesser work has been covered.
Messy tags and offensive words were just some of the pieces scrawled across the boards, alongside other more creative paintings.
Ian Spencer, owner of the Oasis Cafe in Southgate Street, noticed the paint job.
He said: "It is such a shame.
"I am a fan of street art and I thought it was great to have it along there, I would have liked to have seen some more thought to be honest.
"I am pleased they have saved a couple of Beastie's pieces at the very least however, I think his stuff is great."
Beastie has previously painted a deer on the hoardings, along with his name.
The more artistic graffiti artists in the city tend to paint more elaborate pieces with greater care and detail. However, some other artists simply scrawl quick tags and slogans.
Flava, one of the city's other prominent graffiti artists, said: "The stencils should have been left alone, but the tags and offensive writing is what has let us down."
Gloucester city councillor Paul Toleman (C, Westgate) said: "I believe it was painted over during a big clean-up operation.
"There was some particularly artistic stuff there, but the rest was awful.
"However, I would rather see it on there than on walls.
"If it gets on walls, which of course it sometimes does, it is very difficult and expensive to remove."
Linden Homes, which is responsible for the development at the ex-Gloscat site where the hoardings have been put up, confirmed they were painted during a clean-up of the city by volunteers.
But a spokeswoman for the company added that all the hoardings will be eventually being taken down regardless.