Posts Tagged ‘destruction’

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: 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.

Cowman Slaughters Mancow

Cowman Slaughters Mancow

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WHERE: This mad cow is on the side of a boarded up shop on St. James’s Street. If you walk up St. Jame’s Street from the centre of Brighton, this piece is on the left hand side just before you reach Dorset Gardens.

PIECE BY: Anon.

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

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT, SAYS:

This is another very political piece of graffiti. Although it’s hard at first to tell what’s going on, if you look closely you will notice that the man actually has the head of a cow and the cow has the head of a man. The statement is clear – it’s drawing a comparison between man and animal and perhaps the greed that we exhibit as people.

Given the nature of St. James’s Street and the number of large and global corporations that have established themselves here, it suggests that this graffiti isn’t accidentally placed. On this street, there is a Morrisons, a Tesco, a Co-operative and a Starbucks, all of which are considered money makers who will slaughter the competition without a moment’s remorse – and that is exactly what they have done to this lonely boarded up shop.

Then again, perhaps it’s just revenge of the mad cow!

Keep your eyes peeled for more graffiti like this. It’s not always easy to spot if you don’t know the situation in an area, but it can be well explained if you do. Good luck!

Life is Ecstatic Intercourse Between Destruction and Creation

Life is Ecstatic Intercourse Between Destruction and Creation

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WHERE: Head up the hill outside the train station and when you reach The West Hill Pub, turn right down Howard Place. The poster is on a metal pillar to the left before you reach the entrance of Bath Street.

PIECE BY: Anon.

LEGAL: No. This is poster graffiti

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT SAYS:

“Life is ecstatic intercourse between destruction and creation”

This is a typical example of anarchist wheat-paste poster graffiti. Although this poster would have originally embraced the essence of graffiti and have been designed as a message against enforced authority, these days it is probably more likely to give you a headache than make you want to overthrow the government! However, once you get your head round the message, it is actually quite poetic as a modern day mantra to live your life by.

It’s always interesting to look up posters like this on Google to see how prevalent they are elsewhere. In the case of this poster, it doesn’t seem to be very common (or at least not online). One of the few sites to mention it is Disgruntled Elephant, whose goal is ‘to provide worthwhile radical propaganda at a low cost using the D.I.Y. ethic’, while selling the poster at $50 a pop! Doesn’t sound very low cost to me, but still, it’s a nice poster.

Update: A good spot to one of our readers who pointed out that the poster was 50 cents, not 50 dollars – that sounds a bit more like it!