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If it's officially approved...

By BarryC123  
...does it then become Street Art, rather than Graffiti ?

A new initiative by Dublin City Council whereby they 'allowed' a selection of street artists do their thing on an alleyway, then put the question to the public as to whether this sort of thing should be encouraged, curated, overseen or condemned.
I'd have been a whole lot more welcoming towards the initiative if I'd seen or heard anything about it in the media or any public forum, rather than hearing about it in a chat with one of the artists involved.
Further, given that the alley is not exactly in a busy or particularly safe area I can't help but feel it's a token gesture.
Perhaps I'm being too cynical...

Anyway, here's a selection of the work produced.

Tags: Photo journalism Graffiti Dublin

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15 Nov 2012 1:58AM
A good collection piece. Looks like a selection of different artist levels also, giving them scope to practice, although the breeze block walls aren't the best texture for it.

You're probably right in that the street artists are just being pandered to. If it was Banksy's then they may have given it more prominence.

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15 Nov 2012 5:01AM
Interesting selection.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 9:18AM
Interesting to see. Tyneside has several such locations, in the past they have produced some seriously good work, original and intelligent. Increasingly they are being dominated by tagging, which is what you see in most of these. There are couple of exceptions - V7 is stunning - but mostly you have lazy egos asserting themselves with their personal logos. This sort of project does need some degree of leadership and co-ordination, to encourage the more creative artists.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 9:29AM
An interesting collection, Barry. I think you have arranged them well, moving through the set from the general to the specific.
For the record, Versions 8 to 10 strike me as the most 'artistic', with V5 close behind: it's the one with the most interference from the breeze blocks, which is probably why most street artists refrain from using large blocks of white. 3-4, 6-7 are examples of colour schemes that brighten up the blanks but don't (for me) go much further.
I do appreciate that you're not making a photographic point here, of course, but it's an excellent piece of reportage.
I do not think you're being cynical, either. What strikes me is that as soon as the Council needs to save a few more euros this will be the first 'initiative' that goes, leaving the initiative to the mere taggers once more . . . .
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
15 Nov 2012 10:11AM
The Brick Lane area in London is covered in this type of wall art. I love it - some of it's very clever indeed. It brightens the place up and it's not the sort of grafitti that's intimidating. Good set.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
15 Nov 2012 1:32PM
I really don't mind this sort of ''artwork'' Barry.
It is some stuff in Edinburgh that is covered
in foul language I object too !!
A colourful set.
15 Nov 2012 11:44PM
great set.. love No5!! The Typography grafitti is all fine and Pretty neat but its too busy for Most passer-bys.. i find the simpler ones give a greater message whithout having to stop and try take it all in, but its a canvas to cover up some pretty grim looking run down concrete areas by some very talented and dedicated artists ( not the hoolies with a spray can ones tho ) Grin
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 2:05PM
Brilliant set of images, V5 has to be my favorite. I see no reason why this form of art cannot be done and displayed, under supervision and in appropriate areas Smile

jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 8:23AM
v1 for the composition Barry which is excellent, v5 for the art.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
18 Nov 2012 9:11AM
a super set..thanks 4 the UA Wink

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