Inspiration: Street Art

Last week this status was placed on the fourth plinth on Trafalgar Square.

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The statue is called Really Good and was created by artist David Shrigley. it is suppose to bring a positive vibe to the city but it’s received mixed reviews on social media.

Personally I’m not a fan but I’m not normally an art person. Art, for me must serve a purpose. An historical oil painting of Henry VIII was made with the purpose of portraying Henry as powerful to his foes. The purpose of a landscape piece is to put the viewer in awe of the artists skill. Some pieces of art  tell a story. Forgive the cliché but a picture is worth a thousand words.

Anyway, I’ve taken a fancy to street art, often confused with graffiti. Sometimes they are the same but the idea that graffiti was invented by yobs in hoodies in a common misconception. There is graffiti on the Berlin Wall, graffiti has been etched by both prisoners and guards in the Tower of London and historians have found graffiti in the ruins of Pompeii and Rome.

I’m going to do something a bit different. I’m going to post a slideshow of pictures of street art I have found around London. If you’re a writer you may take these images as inspiration… or you can appreciate them as art. Enjoy.

 

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What do you think of Really Good? Are you going to give it the thumbs up or thumbs down? Which picture in the above slide show is your favorite? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see you next time when I’ll be examining my top five horror monsters in literature.

 

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