Caught in the act: First picture of guerilla graffiti artist Banksy 31st October 2007
His fiercely guarded identity is as much a part of the mystique as his unconventional works of art. But after years of eluding detection, graffiti artist Banksy appears to have finally been caught in the act. Somewhat predictably, the photographer who seems to have uncovered the man behind the mask has captured him on the job.
Crouched by the side of the road, tools of the trade in hand, the artist - whose real name is believed to be Robert Banks - carefully extends the double yellow lines so they snake up a nearby wall and blossom into a flower. The finished work also features a bored looking council worker sitting by the side of his handiwork. And, as with most of guerilla artist Banksy's unconventional masterpieces, there is also a political undertone. The piece went up in Tower Hamlets, East London, where the local council has vowed to rid the borough of his graffiti.
The Crevasse: The giant fissure, in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, spans over 250 square metres and appears to show an Ice Age fault. The image only makes sense from one point of perspective
This giant fissure was created in the German town of Geldern to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a street art competition. It took a team of artists working 12 hours a day, five days to complete
Mueller, who has previously painted a giant waterfall in Canada, said he was inspired by the British 'Pavement Picasso' Julian Beever, whose dramatic but more gentle 3D street images have featured in the Daily Mail
Another amazing 3D street painting 'Turning Riverstreet into a river', completed in the colourfully named town of Moosejaw, Canada
Award-winning artist's anti-war mural is scrubbed... for fear of violence By Andy Dolan
27th February 2009
His award-winning graffiti was praised by South Bank Show judges for 'creating messages of peace, unity and hope'. But it seems police saw Birmingham-born artist Mohammed Ali's work rather differently, after they removed one of his murals, apparently for fear it would trigger racial violence.
Last night, Mr Ali accused officers of 'wanton censorship' after they removed the mural, which protested against Israeli attacks in Gaza. Police allegedly told the elderly Muslim woman who owned the property where the 'Free Gaza' mural was displayed that it could even trigger a petrol bomb attack on her home, leaving her 'scared stiff', according to her family.
Artists turns her old Skoda Fabia into an 'invisible car' 02nd May 2009
It's a familiar feeling - you park your car, head to the shops and on your return you forget where you left it. But art student Sara Watson could be forgiven for such a lapse - because she has created an invisible car. The University of Central Lancashire artist made the incredible optical illusion by spray painting a battered Skoda Fabia to match the car park and entrance to her art studio.
That looks an exellent show. On the news there was a guy saying that Banksy had painted all the original oil paintings that are included in the display, which really surprised me as I didn't know he was a proper artist too.
Cyclists slow down to avoid crater-sized 'hole' Cyclists were encouraged to slow down thanks to this crater-sized "hole" in the middle of a towpath. 18 Jun 2009
The pavement art, the work of Joe Hill and Max Lowry, who specialise in three-dimensional images, was commissioned by British Waterways and was installed along the Regent's Canal towpath in Islington, North London. Mr Hill and Mr Lowry have been working on street art together for around five years.
While cyclists slowed down to avoid the hole, British Waterways staff were there to advise on safe cycling. The company will keep the image, unveiled to mark national bike week, for use in other areas. Joseph Young, British Waterways' towpath manager, said: "The majority of cyclists share the space amicably. However, there are a handful who refuse to slow down. That's why we commissioned this art - we hope it will shock."
Mr Young, who covers the city's 100 miles of rivers and canals, said; "As a cyclist myself I can definitely say this isn't about trying to restrict access to the towpaths for bikes - it's about appropriateness. The towpaths are often narrow and are full of historic furniture such as low bridges, lock landings and bollards, all of which are part of the charm of the canal, but aren't ideal for cyclists who need to get somewhere in a hurry."
Jimmy Boyle sculpture to be demolished
By Alexander Lawrie
A SCULPTURE designed by murderer-turned-artist Jimmy Boyle is to be demolished as part of a plan to improve flood defences in Edinburgh. Gulliver the Gentle Giant has spent the last three decades slumbering in an Edinburgh field but will now be destroyed to make way for a new flood prevention scheme.
Unveiled by Scots funnyman Billy Connolly in 1976, the feature has been part of the landscape in Craigmillar, Edinburgh for over 30 years. But locals have slammed the plans for the destruction of the iconic concrete landmark claiming it is “an integral part of the community”. However a multi-million pound plan will see his creation make way for a new water course created as part of flood prevention and regeneration of the once-run down area.
It had initially been hoped that the popular sculpture could be saved. But a recent survey has shown the concrete and steel giant is in such a state of repair that any attempts to move it would prove futile.
David Walker, from the Craigmillar Community Council, said: “It’s a real shame they are to break the statue up. A number of people will not be happy about this decision as kids around here have played there for generations. I believe the flood measure reasons given by the council are just a smokescreen because this is all about house prices.
“They want to create a canyon between the old, traditional Niddrie and the new housing scheme they are building on the football pitches. There has been no flooding around here for years, so why they are concerned about flood barriers is beyond me. The sculpture really is an iconic and integral part of our community.”
Alternative routes to work around the giant have been explored by the city’s council but it has been decided the loss of the artwork is preferable to losing some of the adjacent sports pitches that surround it. Local councillor Mike Bridgeman said he loved playing on the statue as a child but it was now time for the giant to go.
He said: “I can remember running all over it when I was growing up there and it was great fun, but I have been told it is in a very bad state of repair at the moment. It was built of concrete and steel frames, and has been there for more than 30 years, so it has probably had its day. It’s a shame though, and I hope when they are drawing up plans for a piece of art to replace it they take the time to speak to the local community, and work with them to create something that people want to see.”
The proposed work for the area includes realigning a 1,800 metre stretch to create a natural river corridor to provide the community with better protection from flooding. Features such as cycle ways, seating, new meadows and an otter refuge will also be incorporated into the new design for the area.
The 100-foot long statue was designed by murderer Boyle during his notorious stay at Barlinnie Prison. Boyle’s autobiography of his battle with the authorities, A Sense of Freedom, won various literary awards and was made into a hard-hitting drama starring David Hayman. On his release from prison in 1980, Boyle married his psychotherapist Sarah Trevelyan and now lives with second wife, British actress Kate Fenwick, in France.
This would be a shame - it's actually the first I've heard of this sculpture, but it looks like it could become great again if they made a bit of an effort.
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