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"Greyfriars is a blank canvas and we will start again," says street artist Trix

By The Citizen  |  Posted: July 12, 2014

By Hayley Mortimer

"Greyfriars is a blank canvas and we will start again," says street artist Trix
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STREET artists will start again on hoardings in Greyfriars after their masterpieces were removed.

Hoardings covered in art, including the stunning picture of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka and Nelson Mandela by Gloucester graffiti artist Trix have been taken down.

Linden Homes, which owns the hoardings, says it is due to damage. They have been replaced with new panels.

But the blank canvas didn’t last long, with a new piece by Trix emerging overnight.

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A large image of Mahatma Gandhi has appeared, including the words "First they ignore you, they they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

It took Trix two hours to complete and he said it is an image he has wanted to paint for a while.

He hopes other street artists will lay down their marker again.

Trix said: "Flava rang me and he was in an angry way but I said to him that at the end of the day it is criminal damage and there isn't a lot we can do.

"But I almost feel it is allowed at Greyfriars now. It is promoted and people walking by enjoy it.

"It's alright because we will start again and we will cover the new hoardings.

"I think there are more street artists in Gloucester that haven't come out yet so I want us all to meet at Greyfriars and spend a day covering the hoardings."

Linden Homes has been providing budding young street artists with the opportunity to showcase their skills through an urban art project at the company’s Greyfriars Quarter development, in Brunswick Road.

The project with Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership and Young Gloucestershire has seen youth groups develop artworks on the development’s hoardings facing the Via Sacre – which runs along one of the boundaries of the site.

But the hoardings have also become a popular destination for established artists such as Beastie, Flava and Trix to showcase their talents.

The hoardings were taken down earlier this week but are being safely stored by the Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership.

Barry Leach, from the partnership, said he hopes the panels will be reinstalled somewhere else in the city for the public to enjoy.

“It is a shame that Linden Homes has taken it down because the art work is very impressive and I know that it was enjoyed by many people who walked by,” he said.

“Something will be done with the panels and I would hope it is all back on public view as quickly as possible.”

A spokesman for Linden Homes said: “We have replaced some damaged panels around the Greyfriars Quarter development.

“This does not involve any of the panels forming part of the urban art project with Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership and Young Gloucestershire.

“The damaged panels are being kept safe by the Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership.”

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  • RoadWombat  |  July 14 2014, 5:11PM

    It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't so poorly drawn. Perhaps if the so-called 'artists' went to art school (only just round the corner!) they might learn how to draw a bit better (and have some canvas to do it on).

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  • lydia-allen  |  July 12 2014, 10:47PM

    This was one of the only attractive features - if not the only attractive feature - of Gloucester that brought it into the 21st century. We should follow the example of bigger cities, like Bristol, and embrace street art!

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  • aarontuckwell  |  July 12 2014, 10:46PM

    Yeah, it's all criminal damage in the eyes of the law.. but this art is more than the "Skribble Woz 'Ere" stuff that you see else-where. These guys take the time and effort to make it look good. Maybe they should consider commissioning them to do an official fence so that it breaks away from the monotony of being a building site?

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  • taylke  |  July 12 2014, 10:26PM

    Whether the art is good or not is (a) subjective and (b) beside the point. The hoardings are private property and spraying paint on them without permission of the owner is criminal damage.

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  • P_I_Staker  |  July 12 2014, 4:51PM

    Seen them out there today and think the new art looks great, there were a lot of people stopping to talk to the artists and all seamed to be supportive of their efforts to brighten up an otherwise drab grey a

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