ORIGINAL eye-catching works of art will be placed all over Gloucester this weekend.
The ‘Culture Bomb’ event will see around 200 pieces made by more than 40 artists placed in out-of-the-way and more obvious places.
Finders might be able to take a favourite piece of work with them, or they could take a picture of it and post it on a social network.
The event, organised by Facebook group FreeArtFridayinGloucester, has been hailed by a long-standing artists’ group as a good thing for art and the city.
Erik Lowis, membership secretary of the Gloucestershire Society of Artists, was not aware of the event until contacted by The Citizen, but he said it sounded like a great way of getting more people involved in art.
“I think it’s a fantastic idea,” said Mr Lowis, from Gloucester. “Anything that engages people with art has to be a good thing. I will go out and look for it myself.”
One of the artists behind the event, ‘Beastie’, explained how the Culture Bomb would work.
“We currently have around 200 pieces going out over the weekend from over 40 artists,” said Beastie, whose own graffiti works around the city centre have seen him likened to Bristol’s Banksy.
“The event will involve a mass dropping of art spread across the city, where the public can come out and take a piece home for free. Some will be left in very obvious areas, others more hidden away.
“The organisers – myself and RustBucketWorkshop – wanted to put on a fun and free art event for the city, so asked friends and local artists to help put on something special, who then all came together, donated artwork and helped to put on this unique event for Gloucester.”
Beastie urged people who found the works to take photos of themselves with the items and post the images to its Facebook page – with any other pictures of the event – so all the artists involved who had donated art but could not attend had a taste of the event and saw their artwork being enjoyed.
Beastie said a good public response could lead to another similar event.