Draw The Raised Bridge
For years it has been branded as vandalism and a sign of neighbourhood decline, yet it has been used to promote political campaigns, to boost local economies and as a platform for important social commentary. Whilst there is unfortunately the kind of Graffiti which is of no benefit to anybody — the “Tara woz ere” kind of Graffiti, the flip side is that we have Street Artist’s like Shepard Fairey. His Obama ‘Hope’ print was acknowledged post-election by Obama himself as an important part of his election campaign - Fairey, recognisable by his ‘Street’ Tag “Obey”, reportedly even received a hand written thank you note in the post from the Obama himself.
Well thought, well placed and visually stimulating Street Art also play’s an important part in the regeneration and restoration of local economies. Ben Eine’s big scale - big impact painted words have been commissioned by several Boroughs of London to create a more “approachable” atmosphere to some less desirable areas. This photograph shows Eine’s commissioned artwork under a dark unwelcoming railway bridge, the choice of word - “Scary” - introduces humor to the physical location, which in turn replaces the element or feeling of fear. This light-hearted humour is re-enforced by the use of bold colours and a fun circus style font. The underpass is now transformed and draws and welcomes people in.
After the latest confirmed work by Banksy drew hundreds of visitors to a disused drawbridge in Hull, people have called for a similar call to action with a plan to turn the surrounding area into dedicated a street art area. The call has been backed by the local Labour councillor Alan Clark who explained "Banksy's given us the perfect opportunity now, not just to put Hull on the map again after the celebrations of 2017, but to really develop an area," and is said to be reaching out to local businesses and property owners in the area to see if they’d be happy to turn their walls into canvas.
A huge influence in bringing the Street Art movement to the mainstream, Banksy has confronted many issues in his art including surveillance, the “war on terror," homosexuality and global warming to name but a few. Bringing these issues out of the shadows by literally plastering them on the walls he encourages thought and creates a public space for debate. His work in hull is no exception with the child in his colander hat sparking a lively discourse on Twitter, with speculation that the accompanying text "Draw the raised bridge!" could be Brexit related. Have your say here…