Posts Tagged ‘anarchy’

WHERE: All around Brighton.

PIECE BY: The Cityclean strikers (and their supporters).

STATUS: Illegal.

WE SAY: We know what you’re thinking. In a statement of artistic regression, Tracy Emin has urbanised her early work in the form of a new installation piece on the streets of Brighton… But you’d be wrong. This is just garbage.

Cityclean workers in Brighton went on strike this month in a big way, transforming the streets of our fair city from idyllic to apocalyptic. It’s felt a bit like something out of Mad Max here of late. While it hasn’t been entirely pleasant, here at BGASA we can’t help but enjoy a bit of anarchy. If nothing else, it’s a healthy dose of reality about how much waste we get through.

Above is just one of many bins that was been left unemptied during the strikes. Stuck to it is a pretty impactful industrial action sticker (see detail) cleverly designed with Brighton City Council branding so that it instantly grabs the attention of anybody living here. A £4,000 pay cut for a job that’s already as under-appreciated as this? Sounds like a cause worth fighting for if you ask us… and the locals here certainly have a renewed appreciation for the work carried out by the council cleaners.

Jason Kitcat, the current (Green Party) leader of Brighton Council has been under fire for his poor handling of the strike and ensuing negotiations, proving that he is greener behind the ears than he is in his policies. It’s been particularly damaging for his reputation given his party’s environmental manifesto, but what to do?

With everything taking on such a serious light, we rather enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek sticker discovered on a bus stop on the Old Steine. Urging Kitcat to ‘take a break’ and leave council workers’ pay alone, it’s a nice satirical way to make the point without cramming the usual politics down everybody’s throat.

Enjoy.

 

‘War is Naughty’ Stencil Graffiti, Edward Street, Brighton

WHERE: On the corner of Edward Street and Grand Parade, on the grey building beside Fitzhugh Gates Solicitors

PIECE BY: unknown

LEGAL: No, this graffiti stencil is an art crime.

WE SAY: This stencil is a good piece of graffiti. Not only does it employ the effective method of sending a highly political message via the medium of humour, but it does it in three words “War is naughty”! The horror of war is a common focus of graffiti, and it can be dealt with in many different ways. However, we like this piece as it pokes fun at the ridiculousness of war and is simple enough to stick in the mind. Bravo, we say!

Fuck the System, Brighton Police Station

Fuck the System, Brighton Police Station

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WHERE: On William Street. Just behind Brighton Police Station. This stencil appeared all the way along the back of the police station on the pillars.

PIECE BY: Anon.

LEGAL: No, this is definitely an illegal stencil!

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT, SAYS:

Although we’ve seen this self explanatory stencil in numerous places around Brighton, this illegal stencil graffiti is on almost every pillar down William Street on the back of the police station. We like how this graffiti artist has cheekily flirted a very strong anarchist message on the back of the police station itself. They obviously weren’t doing a very good job this day!

Protest Point, London Road

Protest Point, London Road

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WHERE: Just behind London Road. On Providence Place/St. Peter’s Street, just behind London Road and near to St. Bartholomew’s Church.

PIECE BY: Anon.

LEGAL: No, this is an illegal stencil

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT, SAYS:

Another anarchist piece of graffiti. This affirms the power of protest – often the only influence we have over government. It is obviously a take on the fire assembly point sign. Although this is a clever stencil, it’s a shame this is tucked so out of the way because not many people will see it!

Chances are it’s still there, much of the graffiti in this area remains in place for a good period of time. Can you find it?

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WHERE: Head down North Street from Churchill Square. Just after Barclays bank on the left is King Place. If you turn down here, take the first right and then the first left and this graffiti is on the surrounding walls (If it’s still there!)

PIECE BY: Saber, Retna, Ewok.

LEGAL: This is a commissioned mural.

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT, SAYS:

Once again this is a great example of some of the commissioned murals available to see around the centre of Brighton. Although near the main road, this piece is well hidden so it hasn’t been bombed over. The first piece shows Rolf Harris as a Kangaroo, homage to Harris himself, as it is drawn in his style. It says “Frosty Freeze RIP”. Unfortunately even we can’t decipher the wildstyle lettering.

However, if you look more closely at Rolf Harris Kangaroo, just to the right between the mural and the green lettering on the doors, you can see a pink stencil at the top of the pillar. Does it look familiar? It should! It’s the same stencil as on the Bond Street Graffiti. Whether this is just a separate tag or if the artist had a part in creating this mural, we aren’t sure. You decide.

The next piece depicts a hip hop version of Mickey Mouse. He has gold teeth, his ears are speakers and he holds an Uzi in each hand. Hip hop was and is a great influence on graffiti, so it’s good to see this influence so clearly. All in all, these pieces are excellent and they are nice and bright. Good fun we think!

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WHERE: Red flower: Head down Gloucester Road towards the Old Steine. You will see The Eagle pub on your left hand side. Immediately after the pub there is a mews, and if you turn left into it you notice a small alleyway leading onto Gloucester Street. This is on the same alleyway as the “what if this is it?” graffiti.

Blue flower:  Marine Parade. This piece was (unfortunately) on the side of the old Victorian lift headed down towards Concorde 2.

PIECE BY: Anon.

LEGAL: No.

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT, SAYS:

These are beautiful tags. They’re stencils, but are quite intricate so you wouldn’t know it unless you know what to look for. They are a simple but effective take on the common tags that you see everywhere. There may well be more of these graffiti tags around Brighton, but we haven’t spotted any more yet. Have you seen any? Let us know.

Perhaps there are more of these around, and perhaps they are all different colours! It’s nice to see tags that add a bit of colour to the world of vandalism! They may not be around for long so check them out while you still can.

Capitalism poster, Trafalgar Street

Capitalism poster, Trafalgar Street

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WHERE: As you come out of Brighton train station, turn right and then left onto Trafalgar Street. Walk under the bridge and this poster is just on your left hand side on a rail access doorway.

PIECE BY: Anon.

LEGAL: No, this is an illegal piece of graffiti.

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT, SAYS:

Another anti-capitalist anarchist piece of graffiti here, and it is right by the train station so that it doubtlessly receives a great deal of attention from commuters and tourists. The sentiment behind this wheatpaste poster is obvious, but it is also probably a statement about the tourist trade in Brighton.

In summer many thousands of people pour out onto the streets of Brighton to shop in the city centre and the Lanes. As any resident of Brighton (and probably East Sussex) will be able to tell you, while the Lanes are lovely, that’s only when they aren’t busy and the city centre is dire pretty much all of the time! Brighton has a great deal more to offer than the tourists really see in the capitalist shopping centre. It’s a seaside resort after all!

We’ve decided that this is a very cool piece of graffiti.