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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