17 August 2009

Graffiti in Bristol: Banksy vs Bristol Museum

A few days ago I went to visit a sick person in Elton Road, Bristol. On my way there I noticed some interesting graffiti in Princess Row, Dighton Street, Cheltenham Road, and Picton Street. I thought some of them looked “smile-inspiring”. On the following day then I decided to take my Nikon and take photos of the graffiti there.

I think Graffiti can tell us something about our society. One of the well known graffiti artists in Bristol is Banksy. His graffiti works are currently on display in the Bristol Museum (June 13 to August 31st 09). According to the Times Online, more than 230.000 people have been there, queuing, to see his work. But some others have a different view. Peter Gibson, a spokesperson for Keep Britain Tidy, said that Banksy's work is simple vandalism, and Diane Shakespeare, an official for the same organization, was quoted as saying: "We are concerned that Banksy's street art glorifies what is essentially vandalism".

Graffiti can be seen as the art of the poor against the art of the status quo. Banksy wrote in one of his graffiti: “When you go to an art gallery you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires.” So it is no surprise, then, that he chose this title for his exhibition in Bristol Museum: “Banksy vs Bristol Museum”. (By Nilora)


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