Dorchester graffiti wall depicting Western gun under fire from angry residents

Dorchester graffiti wall depicting Western gun under fire from angry residents

LETHAL WEAPON: Artist Peter Sheridan creating a Western scene on the bridge walls

SPEARHEADING PROJECT: Councillor Gillian Summers believes there has been just one complaint

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A LETHAL weapon depicted in a ‘good graffiti’ project has been shot down by angry residents.

Councillors have received complaints since a giant gun was drawn as part of an art scheme for youngsters under a railway bridge in Dorchester.

It has been blasted as ‘inappropriate’ and ‘upsetting’ on a route that is used by schoolchildren along Damers Road. The mural, which has a ‘great western’ or ‘cowboy’ theme, was designed by county artist Peter Sheridan for the initiative to stop youngsters turning to vandalism.

Mr Sheridan attended a full meeting of Dorchester Town Council to explain the reasons he chose the gun.

He apologised and said he can fashion the gun into a banana or a fistful of railway tickets, if councillors wish. “I did think about the gun a lot and I thought it would be okay with the theme,” he said.

On the ‘good graffiti’ Facebook page he has explained the theme was a ‘play on words’, inspired by the movie True Grit as some is drawn in ‘reverse graffiti’– not with paint but using dirt already on the wall.

He said he thought about replacing the gun with fingers in the shape of a gun but ‘if you water down an idea it just becomes weak.’ To a complainant on the page, he added: “The main point is we will have to expect random images and messages for an open project of this nature.

“We have to expect things we don’t like or agree with. However, I have taken on your view and the good thing is, it’s only a painting.’ Although it was accepted that generally residents think it is a ‘brilliant’ piece of artwork, they were not happy about the ‘enormous gun.’ Coun Susie Hosford said: “The concern is that there is this enormous gun which is quite upsetting. It’s not appropriate to have such a weapon on a school route.”

Members of the newly-formed Dorchester Youth Council gave feedback which said it was ‘not the type of message we want to portray.’ Councillors will now have a think about what they’d like to see in the gun’s place and Mr Sheridan, who has given his time freely to the project, will make the changes.

But councillors agreed not to be ‘prescriptive’ because this would defeat the aim of the project.

  • DISTRICT councillor Gillian Summers, spearheading the project, said she believes the town council has only received one complaint.

She said hundreds of positive comments have been received about the Damers Road free wall and two other walls in Bridport and Sherborne.

She said National Rail had been ‘very pleased’ with the initiative and want to roll it out to other areas.

She said it ‘saves the town council money’ because there is a free space for expression rather than vandalising other areas.

The graffiti competition will finish in April. Updates on Twitter by following @goodgraffitiWD and at facebook.com/goodgraffiti

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11:00am Fri 31 Jan 14

David_divenghy2 says...

Can't these people running these things give these youngsters something practical and useful to do instead of the same mindless rubbish that is a **** eyesore on the towns?
Can't these people running these things give these youngsters something practical and useful to do instead of the same mindless rubbish that is a **** eyesore on the towns? David_divenghy2
  • Score: -9

11:09am Fri 31 Jan 14

K9 says...

Gun crime is hardly rife in Dorchester. Leave it be. Kids are running around in the summer with these water-cannon toys and councillors aren't concerned. Why should they be, kids have play-guns since guns were invented. Before they had play-swords. Teenagers can be fed it as a discussion point in a lesson to look at the downsides of an arms race. They're all more intelligent than the the council credits.
Gun crime is hardly rife in Dorchester. Leave it be. Kids are running around in the summer with these water-cannon toys and councillors aren't concerned. Why should they be, kids have play-guns since guns were invented. Before they had play-swords. Teenagers can be fed it as a discussion point in a lesson to look at the downsides of an arms race. They're all more intelligent than the the council credits. K9
  • Score: 15

12:15pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Tinker2 says...

K9 wrote:
Gun crime is hardly rife in Dorchester. Leave it be. Kids are running around in the summer with these water-cannon toys and councillors aren't concerned. Why should they be, kids have play-guns since guns were invented. Before they had play-swords. Teenagers can be fed it as a discussion point in a lesson to look at the downsides of an arms race. They're all more intelligent than the the council credits.
Yes, we should ban any reference to wars and erase the subject from our school history books. Ban any mention of the wild west and remove any western movies from our libraries. Curb all art and insist that anyone can only depict 'nice' images, like flowers and trees. Get a grip critics!
The wall art in Dorch is great and art is often daring and challenging. Better to be out there than 'elf & safety niceness out of existence?
[quote][p][bold]K9[/bold] wrote: Gun crime is hardly rife in Dorchester. Leave it be. Kids are running around in the summer with these water-cannon toys and councillors aren't concerned. Why should they be, kids have play-guns since guns were invented. Before they had play-swords. Teenagers can be fed it as a discussion point in a lesson to look at the downsides of an arms race. They're all more intelligent than the the council credits.[/p][/quote]Yes, we should ban any reference to wars and erase the subject from our school history books. Ban any mention of the wild west and remove any western movies from our libraries. Curb all art and insist that anyone can only depict 'nice' images, like flowers and trees. Get a grip critics! The wall art in Dorch is great and art is often daring and challenging. Better to be out there than 'elf & safety niceness out of existence? Tinker2
  • Score: 11

12:39pm Fri 31 Jan 14

David_divenghy2 says...

Tinker2 wrote:
K9 wrote:
Gun crime is hardly rife in Dorchester. Leave it be. Kids are running around in the summer with these water-cannon toys and councillors aren't concerned. Why should they be, kids have play-guns since guns were invented. Before they had play-swords. Teenagers can be fed it as a discussion point in a lesson to look at the downsides of an arms race. They're all more intelligent than the the council credits.
Yes, we should ban any reference to wars and erase the subject from our school history books. Ban any mention of the wild west and remove any western movies from our libraries. Curb all art and insist that anyone can only depict 'nice' images, like flowers and trees. Get a grip critics!
The wall art in Dorch is great and art is often daring and challenging. Better to be out there than 'elf & safety niceness out of existence?
Nobody mentioned "elf and safety". I am talking about getting these kids to do something intelligent, practical and useful to benefit themselves and society. Do you think this nonsense will put food on their tables when they get older, pay their bills, rents or mortgages?

If any of them have an actual professional chance at Art then by all means show them how to run a business, get in a studio and galleries and make it pay (not using tax payers money to prop it up like most Art nonsense) I suspect some are intelligent enough and their time would surely be better spent on something more educational and productive that will benefit them and society more than a mess on the towns walls?
[quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]K9[/bold] wrote: Gun crime is hardly rife in Dorchester. Leave it be. Kids are running around in the summer with these water-cannon toys and councillors aren't concerned. Why should they be, kids have play-guns since guns were invented. Before they had play-swords. Teenagers can be fed it as a discussion point in a lesson to look at the downsides of an arms race. They're all more intelligent than the the council credits.[/p][/quote]Yes, we should ban any reference to wars and erase the subject from our school history books. Ban any mention of the wild west and remove any western movies from our libraries. Curb all art and insist that anyone can only depict 'nice' images, like flowers and trees. Get a grip critics! The wall art in Dorch is great and art is often daring and challenging. Better to be out there than 'elf & safety niceness out of existence?[/p][/quote]Nobody mentioned "elf and safety". I am talking about getting these kids to do something intelligent, practical and useful to benefit themselves and society. Do you think this nonsense will put food on their tables when they get older, pay their bills, rents or mortgages? If any of them have an actual professional chance at Art then by all means show them how to run a business, get in a studio and galleries and make it pay (not using tax payers money to prop it up like most Art nonsense) I suspect some are intelligent enough and their time would surely be better spent on something more educational and productive that will benefit them and society more than a mess on the towns walls? David_divenghy2
  • Score: -3

1:12pm Fri 31 Jan 14

PossumGoose says...

When this daft scheme was announce I thought ‘here we go, another self indulgent ‘artist’.

Has anyone stopped to think what the kids without the ability (or the pushy parents) to go along and do ‘good graffiti’ (obviously not so good in the eyes of us mere plebs) will do? Pick up a couple of spray tins maybe, and do their own ‘bad graffiti’ all over the rest of the town?

Perhaps our ‘county artist’ will arm himself with a bucket of paint remover . . .
When this daft scheme was announce I thought ‘here we go, another self indulgent ‘artist’. Has anyone stopped to think what the kids without the ability (or the pushy parents) to go along and do ‘good graffiti’ (obviously not so good in the eyes of us mere plebs) will do? Pick up a couple of spray tins maybe, and do their own ‘bad graffiti’ all over the rest of the town? Perhaps our ‘county artist’ will arm himself with a bucket of paint remover . . . PossumGoose
  • Score: -4

1:12pm Fri 31 Jan 14

JamesYoung says...

David_divenghy2 wrote:
Tinker2 wrote:
K9 wrote:
Gun crime is hardly rife in Dorchester. Leave it be. Kids are running around in the summer with these water-cannon toys and councillors aren't concerned. Why should they be, kids have play-guns since guns were invented. Before they had play-swords. Teenagers can be fed it as a discussion point in a lesson to look at the downsides of an arms race. They're all more intelligent than the the council credits.
Yes, we should ban any reference to wars and erase the subject from our school history books. Ban any mention of the wild west and remove any western movies from our libraries. Curb all art and insist that anyone can only depict 'nice' images, like flowers and trees. Get a grip critics!
The wall art in Dorch is great and art is often daring and challenging. Better to be out there than 'elf & safety niceness out of existence?
Nobody mentioned "elf and safety". I am talking about getting these kids to do something intelligent, practical and useful to benefit themselves and society. Do you think this nonsense will put food on their tables when they get older, pay their bills, rents or mortgages?

If any of them have an actual professional chance at Art then by all means show them how to run a business, get in a studio and galleries and make it pay (not using tax payers money to prop it up like most Art nonsense) I suspect some are intelligent enough and their time would surely be better spent on something more educational and productive that will benefit them and society more than a mess on the towns walls?
Yup. Personally, i don't consider this art and its interesting that, while these murals have been toned down and don't leap out, opposite is a large multicolour tag that has no doubt been painted by a local vandal. There has never been a problem with graffiti on that bridge; it will be interesting to see what happens now.
[quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]K9[/bold] wrote: Gun crime is hardly rife in Dorchester. Leave it be. Kids are running around in the summer with these water-cannon toys and councillors aren't concerned. Why should they be, kids have play-guns since guns were invented. Before they had play-swords. Teenagers can be fed it as a discussion point in a lesson to look at the downsides of an arms race. They're all more intelligent than the the council credits.[/p][/quote]Yes, we should ban any reference to wars and erase the subject from our school history books. Ban any mention of the wild west and remove any western movies from our libraries. Curb all art and insist that anyone can only depict 'nice' images, like flowers and trees. Get a grip critics! The wall art in Dorch is great and art is often daring and challenging. Better to be out there than 'elf & safety niceness out of existence?[/p][/quote]Nobody mentioned "elf and safety". I am talking about getting these kids to do something intelligent, practical and useful to benefit themselves and society. Do you think this nonsense will put food on their tables when they get older, pay their bills, rents or mortgages? If any of them have an actual professional chance at Art then by all means show them how to run a business, get in a studio and galleries and make it pay (not using tax payers money to prop it up like most Art nonsense) I suspect some are intelligent enough and their time would surely be better spent on something more educational and productive that will benefit them and society more than a mess on the towns walls?[/p][/quote]Yup. Personally, i don't consider this art and its interesting that, while these murals have been toned down and don't leap out, opposite is a large multicolour tag that has no doubt been painted by a local vandal. There has never been a problem with graffiti on that bridge; it will be interesting to see what happens now. JamesYoung
  • Score: 5

1:12pm Fri 31 Jan 14

JamesYoung says...

David_divenghy2 wrote:
Tinker2 wrote:
K9 wrote:
Gun crime is hardly rife in Dorchester. Leave it be. Kids are running around in the summer with these water-cannon toys and councillors aren't concerned. Why should they be, kids have play-guns since guns were invented. Before they had play-swords. Teenagers can be fed it as a discussion point in a lesson to look at the downsides of an arms race. They're all more intelligent than the the council credits.
Yes, we should ban any reference to wars and erase the subject from our school history books. Ban any mention of the wild west and remove any western movies from our libraries. Curb all art and insist that anyone can only depict 'nice' images, like flowers and trees. Get a grip critics!
The wall art in Dorch is great and art is often daring and challenging. Better to be out there than 'elf & safety niceness out of existence?
Nobody mentioned "elf and safety". I am talking about getting these kids to do something intelligent, practical and useful to benefit themselves and society. Do you think this nonsense will put food on their tables when they get older, pay their bills, rents or mortgages?

If any of them have an actual professional chance at Art then by all means show them how to run a business, get in a studio and galleries and make it pay (not using tax payers money to prop it up like most Art nonsense) I suspect some are intelligent enough and their time would surely be better spent on something more educational and productive that will benefit them and society more than a mess on the towns walls?
Yup. Personally, i don't consider this art and its interesting that, while these murals have been toned down and don't leap out, opposite is a large multicolour tag that has no doubt been painted by a local vandal. There has never been a problem with graffiti on that bridge; it will be interesting to see what happens now.
[quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]K9[/bold] wrote: Gun crime is hardly rife in Dorchester. Leave it be. Kids are running around in the summer with these water-cannon toys and councillors aren't concerned. Why should they be, kids have play-guns since guns were invented. Before they had play-swords. Teenagers can be fed it as a discussion point in a lesson to look at the downsides of an arms race. They're all more intelligent than the the council credits.[/p][/quote]Yes, we should ban any reference to wars and erase the subject from our school history books. Ban any mention of the wild west and remove any western movies from our libraries. Curb all art and insist that anyone can only depict 'nice' images, like flowers and trees. Get a grip critics! The wall art in Dorch is great and art is often daring and challenging. Better to be out there than 'elf & safety niceness out of existence?[/p][/quote]Nobody mentioned "elf and safety". I am talking about getting these kids to do something intelligent, practical and useful to benefit themselves and society. Do you think this nonsense will put food on their tables when they get older, pay their bills, rents or mortgages? If any of them have an actual professional chance at Art then by all means show them how to run a business, get in a studio and galleries and make it pay (not using tax payers money to prop it up like most Art nonsense) I suspect some are intelligent enough and their time would surely be better spent on something more educational and productive that will benefit them and society more than a mess on the towns walls?[/p][/quote]Yup. Personally, i don't consider this art and its interesting that, while these murals have been toned down and don't leap out, opposite is a large multicolour tag that has no doubt been painted by a local vandal. There has never been a problem with graffiti on that bridge; it will be interesting to see what happens now. JamesYoung
  • Score: -7

3:29pm Fri 31 Jan 14

GrumpyGoat says...

The ART in question is stunning and enlivens the area. Produced by a great local artist with help from local youngsters it demonstrates the good that can come from involving yourself in activities aimed at helping young people.
The content is contextually amusing and is well executed, it is wrong to criticise the content in a town which allows armed soldiers to parade with freedom and allows the sale of replica guns (albeit in 'toy' form)
All the disparaging remarks just show how narrow minded some people are. This art should be celebrated and encouraged. Consider the reaction by those youngsters involved when they read the article, so much effort put in and they get lambasted by the "monet is great" type of person.
If the art was by Banksy the reaction would be different.
All those who have negative feelings regarding the wonderful art that has been produced need to grow up and stop living in the past. Great art is not confined to the past, it has a future and will evolve.
The ART in question is stunning and enlivens the area. Produced by a great local artist with help from local youngsters it demonstrates the good that can come from involving yourself in activities aimed at helping young people. The content is contextually amusing and is well executed, it is wrong to criticise the content in a town which allows armed soldiers to parade with freedom and allows the sale of replica guns (albeit in 'toy' form) All the disparaging remarks just show how narrow minded some people are. This art should be celebrated and encouraged. Consider the reaction by those youngsters involved when they read the article, so much effort put in and they get lambasted by the "monet is great" type of person. If the art was by Banksy the reaction would be different. All those who have negative feelings regarding the wonderful art that has been produced need to grow up and stop living in the past. Great art is not confined to the past, it has a future and will evolve. GrumpyGoat
  • Score: 8

5:32pm Fri 31 Jan 14

PossumGoose says...

Re “Monet is great” - Loved world wide, sell at £100m upwards. Yes Monet is great.
Re “this wonderful art” - Dollop of paint on the station wall – worth a couple of quid’s worth of paint remover and a police caution.
Re “Monet is great” - Loved world wide, sell at £100m upwards. Yes Monet is great. Re “this wonderful art” - Dollop of paint on the station wall – worth a couple of quid’s worth of paint remover and a police caution. PossumGoose
  • Score: -6

9:49pm Fri 31 Jan 14

ummm100 says...

David_divenghy2 wrote:
Can't these people running these things give these youngsters something practical and useful to do instead of the same mindless rubbish that is a **** eyesore on the towns?
@David_divenghy2 - That is a matter of personal preference.
Everybody I've spoken to, said it looks great. Street art or 'Graffiti' isn't necessarily supposed to be a useful skill. But nether the less, it's a hobby and a passion for many young people. Just the same as any sport or musical avocation, this variation of art should be considered just as equal. Talented artists wishing to experience this form of art, are restricted by the law and space to experiment. If you give the project a chance, I'm sure something good will come out f it.
[quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: Can't these people running these things give these youngsters something practical and useful to do instead of the same mindless rubbish that is a **** eyesore on the towns?[/p][/quote]@David_divenghy2 - That is a matter of personal preference. Everybody I've spoken to, said it looks great. Street art or 'Graffiti' isn't necessarily supposed to be a useful skill. But nether the less, it's a hobby and a passion for many young people. Just the same as any sport or musical avocation, this variation of art should be considered just as equal. Talented artists wishing to experience this form of art, are restricted by the law and space to experiment. If you give the project a chance, I'm sure something good will come out f it. ummm100
  • Score: 17

10:59pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Tinker2 says...

David_divenghy2 wrote:
Tinker2 wrote:
K9 wrote: Gun crime is hardly rife in Dorchester. Leave it be. Kids are running around in the summer with these water-cannon toys and councillors aren't concerned. Why should they be, kids have play-guns since guns were invented. Before they had play-swords. Teenagers can be fed it as a discussion point in a lesson to look at the downsides of an arms race. They're all more intelligent than the the council credits.
Yes, we should ban any reference to wars and erase the subject from our school history books. Ban any mention of the wild west and remove any western movies from our libraries. Curb all art and insist that anyone can only depict 'nice' images, like flowers and trees. Get a grip critics! The wall art in Dorch is great and art is often daring and challenging. Better to be out there than 'elf & safety niceness out of existence?
Nobody mentioned "elf and safety". I am talking about getting these kids to do something intelligent, practical and useful to benefit themselves and society. Do you think this nonsense will put food on their tables when they get older, pay their bills, rents or mortgages? If any of them have an actual professional chance at Art then by all means show them how to run a business, get in a studio and galleries and make it pay (not using tax payers money to prop it up like most Art nonsense) I suspect some are intelligent enough and their time would surely be better spent on something more educational and productive that will benefit them and society more than a mess on the towns walls?
"We are stimulated to emotional response not by works of art that confirm our sense of the world, but by works that challenge it."

Art for art's sake, not money for God's sake! (10cc)
[quote][p][bold]David_divenghy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tinker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]K9[/bold] wrote: Gun crime is hardly rife in Dorchester. Leave it be. Kids are running around in the summer with these water-cannon toys and councillors aren't concerned. Why should they be, kids have play-guns since guns were invented. Before they had play-swords. Teenagers can be fed it as a discussion point in a lesson to look at the downsides of an arms race. They're all more intelligent than the the council credits.[/p][/quote]Yes, we should ban any reference to wars and erase the subject from our school history books. Ban any mention of the wild west and remove any western movies from our libraries. Curb all art and insist that anyone can only depict 'nice' images, like flowers and trees. Get a grip critics! The wall art in Dorch is great and art is often daring and challenging. Better to be out there than 'elf & safety niceness out of existence?[/p][/quote]Nobody mentioned "elf and safety". I am talking about getting these kids to do something intelligent, practical and useful to benefit themselves and society. Do you think this nonsense will put food on their tables when they get older, pay their bills, rents or mortgages? If any of them have an actual professional chance at Art then by all means show them how to run a business, get in a studio and galleries and make it pay (not using tax payers money to prop it up like most Art nonsense) I suspect some are intelligent enough and their time would surely be better spent on something more educational and productive that will benefit them and society more than a mess on the towns walls?[/p][/quote]"We are stimulated to emotional response not by works of art that confirm our sense of the world, but by works that challenge it." Art for art's sake, not money for God's sake! (10cc) Tinker2
  • Score: 4

11:20pm Fri 31 Jan 14

GrumpyGoat says...

PossumGoose wrote:
Re “Monet is great” - Loved world wide, sell at £100m upwards. Yes Monet is great.
Re “this wonderful art” - Dollop of paint on the station wall – worth a couple of quid’s worth of paint remover and a police caution.
Just remember that Monet challenged the "traditional" art style of the time and it took many years for his works to be accepted let alone worth any substantial sum. All great artists have to start somewhere, so do not denigrate any art, all art is good it is the perception of it that is flawed.
[quote][p][bold]PossumGoose[/bold] wrote: Re “Monet is great” - Loved world wide, sell at £100m upwards. Yes Monet is great. Re “this wonderful art” - Dollop of paint on the station wall – worth a couple of quid’s worth of paint remover and a police caution.[/p][/quote]Just remember that Monet challenged the "traditional" art style of the time and it took many years for his works to be accepted let alone worth any substantial sum. All great artists have to start somewhere, so do not denigrate any art, all art is good it is the perception of it that is flawed. GrumpyGoat
  • Score: 2

4:06pm Sat 1 Feb 14

fluffyrabbit says...

My family all think that the artwork is brilliant!! as stated by other people on here, just because there is a gun on here, doesn't mean that youngsters are going to get hold of a gun and run amok around Dorchester. My teenage daughter thinks it has been very well created and actually told me how great the pictures are as she see's it every day whilst going on the school bus. It is nice to have some colour under the bridge as it is rather dreary, so people stop moaning, Pete is a brilliant artist and I greatly admire his work, so it is lovely to be able to enjoy some of his creations in town. It's great that youngsters are able to express their selves like this!!
My family all think that the artwork is brilliant!! as stated by other people on here, just because there is a gun on here, doesn't mean that youngsters are going to get hold of a gun and run amok around Dorchester. My teenage daughter thinks it has been very well created and actually told me how great the pictures are as she see's it every day whilst going on the school bus. It is nice to have some colour under the bridge as it is rather dreary, so people stop moaning, Pete is a brilliant artist and I greatly admire his work, so it is lovely to be able to enjoy some of his creations in town. It's great that youngsters are able to express their selves like this!! fluffyrabbit
  • Score: 10

9:52pm Tue 4 Feb 14

JamesYoung says...

fluffyrabbit wrote:
My family all think that the artwork is brilliant!! as stated by other people on here, just because there is a gun on here, doesn't mean that youngsters are going to get hold of a gun and run amok around Dorchester. My teenage daughter thinks it has been very well created and actually told me how great the pictures are as she see's it every day whilst going on the school bus. It is nice to have some colour under the bridge as it is rather dreary, so people stop moaning, Pete is a brilliant artist and I greatly admire his work, so it is lovely to be able to enjoy some of his creations in town. It's great that youngsters are able to express their selves like this!!
I agree with regard to the guns, but sadly it seems my prediction about this encouraging more graffiti has come true. Quite a few brightly coloured tags there this morning.
[quote][p][bold]fluffyrabbit[/bold] wrote: My family all think that the artwork is brilliant!! as stated by other people on here, just because there is a gun on here, doesn't mean that youngsters are going to get hold of a gun and run amok around Dorchester. My teenage daughter thinks it has been very well created and actually told me how great the pictures are as she see's it every day whilst going on the school bus. It is nice to have some colour under the bridge as it is rather dreary, so people stop moaning, Pete is a brilliant artist and I greatly admire his work, so it is lovely to be able to enjoy some of his creations in town. It's great that youngsters are able to express their selves like this!![/p][/quote]I agree with regard to the guns, but sadly it seems my prediction about this encouraging more graffiti has come true. Quite a few brightly coloured tags there this morning. JamesYoung
  • Score: -2

1:08pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Reformist says...

Do people really have nothing more important to address in their lives than complaining about a picture of a gun on a wall? How about the cost of living and the wealth gap in our society? The damage being done to our society by high property prices? The weather damage being wrought on the country after decades of underinvestment and failure to recognise climate change? Picture of gun - big deal!
Do people really have nothing more important to address in their lives than complaining about a picture of a gun on a wall? How about the cost of living and the wealth gap in our society? The damage being done to our society by high property prices? The weather damage being wrought on the country after decades of underinvestment and failure to recognise climate change? Picture of gun - big deal! Reformist
  • Score: 5

10:52pm Wed 5 Feb 14

overandout87 says...

Typical of the Echo. Always a partisan view. No mention of all the signatures on the petition to keep this piece of art. You could at least have done the artist the courtesy of showing the completed artwork in your article. Personally, I think it is incredible. Dorchester is changing, it has been for years. It's finally changing for the better though, and I find it unbelievable that people see fit to complain. This is a great piece of art that will impress people who visit our town and the artist should be commended for his efforts, not berated by people who can't just deal with the fact that something isn't to their liking.

Would you rather it be amended like this http://funnypictures
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Typical of the Echo. Always a partisan view. No mention of all the signatures on the petition to keep this piece of art. You could at least have done the artist the courtesy of showing the completed artwork in your article. Personally, I think it is incredible. Dorchester is changing, it has been for years. It's finally changing for the better though, and I find it unbelievable that people see fit to complain. This is a great piece of art that will impress people who visit our town and the artist should be commended for his efforts, not berated by people who can't just deal with the fact that something isn't to their liking. Would you rather it be amended like this http://funnypictures plus.com/wp-content/ uploads/2013/03/funn y-pulp-fiction-thumb -picture.jpg ? overandout87
  • Score: 2

7:45am Thu 6 Feb 14

JamesYoung says...

overandout87 wrote:
Typical of the Echo. Always a partisan view. No mention of all the signatures on the petition to keep this piece of art. You could at least have done the artist the courtesy of showing the completed artwork in your article. Personally, I think it is incredible. Dorchester is changing, it has been for years. It's finally changing for the better though, and I find it unbelievable that people see fit to complain. This is a great piece of art that will impress people who visit our town and the artist should be commended for his efforts, not berated by people who can't just deal with the fact that something isn't to their liking. Would you rather it be amended like this http://funnypictures plus.com/wp-content/ uploads/2013/03/funn y-pulp-fiction-thumb -picture.jpg ?
No it isn't. Well, it may be a great piece of art (and I have no objection to the gun, I used to play with toy ones as did all my childhood friends and none of us are serial killers).
However, as of Tuesday there appear to be at least 5 newly sprayed tags which are definitely not artistic. By the summer, this bridge will just be a mess.
[quote][p][bold]overandout87[/bold] wrote: Typical of the Echo. Always a partisan view. No mention of all the signatures on the petition to keep this piece of art. You could at least have done the artist the courtesy of showing the completed artwork in your article. Personally, I think it is incredible. Dorchester is changing, it has been for years. It's finally changing for the better though, and I find it unbelievable that people see fit to complain. This is a great piece of art that will impress people who visit our town and the artist should be commended for his efforts, not berated by people who can't just deal with the fact that something isn't to their liking. Would you rather it be amended like this http://funnypictures plus.com/wp-content/ uploads/2013/03/funn y-pulp-fiction-thumb -picture.jpg ?[/p][/quote]No it isn't. Well, it may be a great piece of art (and I have no objection to the gun, I used to play with toy ones as did all my childhood friends and none of us are serial killers). However, as of Tuesday there appear to be at least 5 newly sprayed tags which are definitely not artistic. By the summer, this bridge will just be a mess. JamesYoung
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11:15am Thu 6 Feb 14

Dorset stuff says...

FFS, get a grip. It looks really good, interesting and different. How can it be upsetting? My young children saw it and liked it, I have not been held at gunpont yet. I get that grafiti is subjective and what one person see's as art the other stuffy old fools see as vandallism.
FFS, get a grip. It looks really good, interesting and different. How can it be upsetting? My young children saw it and liked it, I have not been held at gunpont yet. I get that grafiti is subjective and what one person see's as art the other stuffy old fools see as vandallism. Dorset stuff
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