GRAFFITI by the likes of Beastie, Flava and Trix has been painted over on hoardings surrounding the Greyfriars site in Gloucester.
But it could be to make way for youngsters to showcase their artistic talents on the boards.
At the weekend, dozens of artistic creations by some of the city’s most prominent street artists were coated in grey paint.
Back in September Graffiti on the hoardings was covered over by volunteers taking part in a city clean-up. However, back then they left a few Beastie stencils that had proved popular with passers by.
This time around the entire length of the hoardings, between Southgate Street and Brunswick Road, has been covered in paint masking all traces of street art.
It seems the battle lines may have been drawn though, and some feel it is only a matter of time before the artists return with their spray cans once again.
Flava said: “I don’t agree with the painting over the hoardings. I don’t think they understand it’s art.
“Some artists are in the middle and think it’s good because it’s a fresh canvas.”
Meanwhile, it is thought Linden Homes, who are developing the Greyfriars site, are behind the painting ahead of an upcoming project with youngsters in the city.
Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership (GCCCP) hope to work with Linden to get young people utilising their creative talents, with meetings planned to take place later this week.
Barry Leach, chairman of the GCCCP, said: “The project and its partners are looking at a young people project to put artwork onto the hoardings.”
Ian Spencer, owner of the Oasis Cafe in Southgate Street, was a big fan of the work on the hoardings.
He said: “I’m sad to see that the art has been covered over, some of it was really excellent.
“But if they are planning to do something with youngsters then that sounds quite exciting.
“I do wonder if some of the street artists will come back though, I’m sure some of them might well do.”