Dorchester artist alters controversial graffiti gun

Dorchester artist alters controversial graffiti gun

Dorchester artist alters controversial graffiti gun

First published in News

THE ARTIST behind a Dorchester graffiti project that fired up a storm has responded by adapting his work.

Dorchester Town Councillors called for a design created under the Damers Road railway bridge in the county town to be changed as it depicted a large gun.

The design was created by local artist Peter Sheridan as he led a youth project in the county town and was drawing on a ‘Great Western’ theme of the overhead railway.

It sparked a reaction from councillors who claimed it was not an ‘appropriate’ design but members of the public leapt to the defence of the artist, with more than 2,500 people supporting a petition on Facebook calling for the graffiti gun to stay.

Mr Sheridan has now attempted to reach a compromise by doctoring the design so the gun is now a baby blue colour and has bubbles coming out the end.

West Dorset District Council chairman Gillian Summers, who initiated the good graffiti project, said: “The gun has been altered and that was entirely at the artist’s discretion.

“It’s nothing to do with any of the councils, he just chose to change it.

“He hasn’t got rid of the gun, he has just changed the message.”

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2:05pm Sun 9 Feb 14

wurzelbasher says...

Great artistry criticized by woolly-minded Liberals!
Great artistry criticized by woolly-minded Liberals! wurzelbasher
  • Score: 22

9:06pm Sun 9 Feb 14

dogloverdorset says...

Shame that people complained, and could not just see it as a western !
Shame that people complained, and could not just see it as a western ! dogloverdorset
  • Score: 9

10:05pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Is it me or is everything rubbish? says...

According to the council, 1 person complained.

1.
According to the council, 1 person complained. 1. Is it me or is everything rubbish?
  • Score: 5

12:14am Mon 10 Feb 14

Zummerzet Lad says...

Worried about children seeing it on way to School. Would this be after they had watched Power Rangers?
Worried about children seeing it on way to School. Would this be after they had watched Power Rangers? Zummerzet Lad
  • Score: 6

10:39am Mon 10 Feb 14

krazikazzi says...

Fantastic use of the artists' imagination, looks cool with a bit of humour now, i love the bubble gun :D
Fantastic use of the artists' imagination, looks cool with a bit of humour now, i love the bubble gun :D krazikazzi
  • Score: 9

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