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Beastie, Flava and Trix graffiti on Greyfriars hoardings painted over

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 02, 2013

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The hoardings at Greyfriars

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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.

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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.”

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  • JASB123  |  December 20 2013, 10:24AM

    GlosAnarchy I think NotThis was being sarcastic in reply to the negative comment to Kay_Powell who repeatedly shows how small minded she is. After all she clearly states she prefers grey hoardings instead of colourful artwork from people living in the area. It would seem that Kay prefers a sterile environment to live in where developers and advertisers are the only people allowed to change the way an area looks. I for one am keen to see more people expressing themselves and brightening up the area - and I don't mean the tagging or the idiots that damage a good stencil.

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  • NBQ61  |  December 03 2013, 4:02PM

    Some of the best art to grace the boards over the last 3 years. http://tinyurl.com/ou4s6qu

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  December 03 2013, 3:32PM

    NotThis and RoadWombat you are two of the most negative trolls I've ever had the displeasure of seeing!

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  • RoadWombat  |  December 03 2013, 12:53AM

    You don't need notices. The run down shops, swathes of illegal immigrants bleeding the city dry and the mindless graffiti says it all.

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  • NotThis  |  December 02 2013, 9:24PM

    Fair comments but please, lets put some road signs up to ensure visitors know what the place is about. How about 'Welcome to Gloucester - Proud to be grey'. or 'Abandon hope all who enter here'. They would be sponsored by the Daily Mail of course.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  December 02 2013, 6:39PM

    No-one has the right to paint on someone else's possessions, even if they are only temporary hoardings. Linden Homes is building an upmarket new development, so of course they don't want the wrong signal to be sent out about the area. Think about it, do you see 'graffiti art' or tagging in nice areas? I agree that there should be graffiti walls provided in a number of places, so that anyone who wishes to practise this artform (if that's what it is) can do so lawfully and without annoying those of us who simply don't like it.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  December 02 2013, 5:08PM

    I think they should have an official graffiti board or wall for Graffiti Artists to have in Gloucester.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  December 02 2013, 12:27PM

    "volunteers taking part in a city clean-up" did not paint over all the art work but instead painted over the vandalized artwork and the tagging. This time I think you find that the contractor work working for Linden Homes. The probable reason they where painted over was their affect of attracting "tagging" by the permanent marker pen morons that think by signing something they get some sort of ownership rather than just creating a mess !

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  • RoadWombat  |  December 02 2013, 11:42AM

    It all depends, really, on who owns the hoardings that have been vandalised. If they belong to the council, then, of course, they have every right to paint over them. If they belong to a contractor, they'll need the contractor's permission (although I doubt the contractor will complain anyway, if it saves him having to do it!). It's really very simple.

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  • RoadWombat  |  December 02 2013, 11:41AM

    It all depends, really, on who owns the hoardings that have been vandalised. If they belong to the council, then, of course, they have every right to paint over them. If they belong to a contractor, they'll need the contractor's permission (although I doubt the contractor will complain anyway, if it saves him having to do it!). It's really very simple.

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