Monday, May 19, 2008

A graffiti artist dream come true

After the exhibition at Andipa Gallery, Banksy scored another coup.

Eurostar agreed to let the celebrated graffiti artist have a ununsed tunnel just off Waterloo Station at Leake Street for his canvas for a period of 6 months.

Jumping at the opportunity, Banksy did the decent thing and invited his fellow graffiti artists to join him in what he coined as the 'Cans Festival' after the spray cans that pretty much is the only equipment he uses.

In his unique stenciling style, he tries to deliver a message through each of his work. As we walked through the approximately 150m tunnel, we could sensed that a number of artist were trying to mimic him with limited success.

It's an irony, isn't it? Graffiti artists are used to work under the most uncomfortable conditions. Often at the wrong side of the law, most do not have the luxury of time to create masterpieces in the short time available to them.
Once the threat of being arrested is being removed, some may find themselves out of the very element that keeps those creative juices pumping. However, to give these artists some credits, there are some pretty decent works around.

Looking at the number of people visitors on that Saturday afternoon, it could very well be a typical day at the British National Gallery; a dingy tunnel instead of well lit halls, families with their kids jumping about enjoying themselves instead of bored teenagers slumping on cushy leather seats, cameras flashing instead being prohibited by stern looking staff.

This small piece, right at the end of the tunnel, caught our eye. It shows the sign of Singapore's People's Action Party.

Not a very complimentary piece I would say. Most certainly done by a fellow Singaporean who finally found a piece of concrete on which he could express his views.

If you've not been there yet, why not just take a trip down to Waterloo Station? Just 3min from the London Eye, the exhibition will be ongoing for just a couple of months. Catch it before it's patched over.

Below are some of the pieces which I thought were interesting. Enjoy, my friends.





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16 comments:

jakill said...

Thanks for this post. I hadn't heard about this before and it looks fascinating. Must get up to London sometime soon.

C K said...

@jakill,
Oh you must! Banksy's works are found all round London. People actually got rich because he chose to paint on their walls...

Jen Kerlin said...

Gorgeous post! Thanks for bringing a little added culture and beauty into my day...
;-)

C K said...

@jen kerlin,
Hey, thanks for your kind words. I'm sure Banksy will be thrilled to have his works considered as works of 'culture and beauty'.

m.Go said...

Wow

eastcoastlife said...

Some graffiti is beautifully done and is artistic, some are just rubbish.

The Singapore government would treat it as vandalism unless it gives permission for it to be done on approved sites. :)

SeTh said...

Wow those art pieces are really very cool. Loved the one with the two skeletons. I could never paint like this nor bake like Sher. Sigh... I guess I'll just stick to blogging. Haha. Thanks for the share. Very very interesting post.

My Bug Life said...

I like the embracing skellies...cool!

SheR. said...

I like the Tesco's pic!!1 Hahahahaha

C K said...

@m.go,
My reaction as well when I first saw it. :)

C K said...

@ecl,
That's the irony isn't it? The very idea of graffiti is that it's often on the wrong side of law and I dare venture that some artists get a kick out of that.

By removing that rush, some real graffiti artists may be discouraged to push the limits and create masterpieces.

But then again, there're some public buildings that are basically disfigured by graffiti, which is really regretful...

C K said...

@my bug life,
Haha, there were lots of others who were posing with it when I was there.

C K said...

@sher,
Tesco is featured in many of Banksy's works. In fact, he views them as the ultimate icon of the wasteful nature of society...

virtual millenium said...

Nice! good graffitis, thanks for sharing!

C K said...

@virtual,
Thanks! But for every 'good' graffiti, there're tons of rubbish around. :) Well, it's really subjective, isn't it?

Indoor Street Art said...

Let's all hug Banksy - ahhh.