Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Either you love graffiti or you hate it. Personally, I'm a big fan of it - not the no-brainer tagging and sweary drivel, but the considered artwork that's taken some thought and effort.
One of my current favourites is Banksy's audacious One Nation Under CCTV on the wall of the Royal Mail Sorting Office in Newman Street (off the North Side of Oxford Street at the Charing Cross Road end). He erected three tiers of scaffolding behind a security fence and, despite scrutiny from CCTV, managed to create this - his largest guerilla artwork to date. I had the chance to look at it a bit more closely today. I knew about the red-coated painter figure but I'd never seen the policeman/security guard with his dog and camera before. Very clever.