Gloucester City Council in talks over new graffiti wall for artists
GRAFFITI artists Beastie and Flava could soon have a designated wall upon which to showcase their talents.
Gloucester City Council has announced that talks are under way to find a suitable place for graffiti artists in the city to display their work.
This comes just days after a new Flava creation was discovered on hoardings at Greyfriars, while Beastie has also been up to his old tricks, scrawling the image of a homeless person on the former Jumpin' Jaks building in Brunswick Road.
Street art fan and collector, Edward Nicholas, from Lydney, thinks a designated area would be a good idea, but he doesn't think it would put the shackles on all artists.
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He said: "If it's good street art, then the more the merrier. If there is a specific place for them to go, then great. But for a lot of street artists, part of the thrill is painting in a spot that they aren't supposed to, so I'm not sure it will appeal.
"It's good to see this being talked about in Gloucester though – the city needs more of this kind of thing."
Back in 2008, the Wallbridge underpass in Stroud was given over to renowned graffiti artists, with four people armed with spray cans transforming it into a colourful mural.
Fast forward to 2011 and youngsters joined forces to paint dull hoardings near Blackfriars, and the images remain as bright today as they looked then.
A city council spokesperson said: "The council is talking with partners to see if there are any possible locations for artists to utilise.
"We need to ensure that the 'art' is in the right place – in the wrong place it can detract from the area.
"The council does work with property owners to remove offensive images and if graffiti is found on council land then it will be removed and action taken where appropriate."