It's no Banksy - what has 'street art' got to say for itself?
Ah, graffiti artists – they're like the rock stars of the art world. At times creating bold and colourful compositions that are often intended to challenge authority or make an otherwise dull environment more visually appealing.
It's not uncommon to see a tag or mural, so intricate that it looks like it was painted by a team of artists. How do they do it?
Of course there is also an anti-social element to graffiti, as we have reported on time and time again.
Related: Vandals have gone on a rampage with machinery daubed in graffiti and a work cabin completely destroyed at a building site in Craigavon.
Let's not forget about the risks involved. Not only is it, more often than not, illegal but graffiti artists also often take bold risks to tag unusual, remote and dangerous areas (train tracks spring to mind). You have to be pretty brave – or foolish – to take on that kind of risk just for the sake of creating ‘art’.
It can at times take on an even deeper baseness when used to promote hate speech, target or intimidate individuals and communities. Unfortunately, this tends to be the type of graffiti we most often encounter and report on.
Related: ‘Significant stress’ for Newry election candidate after home daubed in sectarian graffiti
Despite garnering a negative view in the public eye, there are some graffiti artists who continue to create some of the most thought-provoking works of art out there, both professionally and recreationally. The ‘recreational’ artwork may not always be appreciated by the authorities, but they certainly know how to make a statement.
As many readers have pointed out in the past - there is some humour in it - if not only for the bad spelling and poor grammar - the context at times can be relatively witty.
In 2021, one Craigavion man launched a petition to ‘Save the Reck’ and create an Urban Youth centre with a proposed ‘Graffiti Wall’ to help harness and develop spray painting skills - and keep it off our public streets!
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Ahead of tomorrow’s Coronation festivities, we took a look back to a few of His Majesty’s visits to Armagh:
2000: Within his two day Millennium visit, the Prince officially opened The Market Place Theatre to grand applause.
2016: The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall made several stops on their three day visit, including award-winning Yellow Door Deli Portadown, where they met excited children from Portadown Integrated Primary School, Ulster Carpets, Armagh Cider Company and Sloan’s House, Loughgall.
2019: His Royal Highness refereed a “symbolic match” between young rugby and Gaelic football players and was later presented with Armagh GAA and City of Armagh RFC shirts at Palace Demesne.
2021: The Prince made an announced stop at Slieve Gullion Forest Park, where he casually met with and spoke to families using the facilities, in what is thought to be the first Royal visit to South Armagh without considerable planning and security.
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