Bristol City Council paints over £5k street artMay 12, 2009
Community activists in Stokes Croft say they’re “gutted” after council workmen painted over a piece of street art valued at £5,000.
The painting of an angel by Bristol artists Cheo and 3Dom had been sprayed on boards covering a building at the corner of Stokes Croft and Hillgrove St.
The artists are described as Bristol “graffiti royalty” and both recently had work shown in the Crimes of Passion exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy.
The building was privately owned and the landlord, who lives in London, had given permission for the mural to be sprayed on it.
Chris Chalkley from community group The People’s Republic of Stokes Croft told Original: “We heard last Thursday that the council were going to paint it out.
“We informed the council on Friday that it was not an illegal piece of graffiti and had been sanctioned by the landowner. But council contractors SITA painted it out on Monday.”
Chris also claims the council’s destruction of the work could be regarded as criminal damage, because the painting had permission from the owner.
He said: “In a word, people around here are gutted. But, there is also a resignation, which is even more sad.
“People expect the council to behave in this manner. They are not surprised and that has got to change. It has got to change that we have such low expectations of the people who are put in power to serve us.”
Chris is calling on people to email the council’s Chief Executive Jan Ormondroyd directly to complain.
Bristol City Council said: “The council will investigate and review the circumstances once all the facts are known.”
Audio: Martin Jones interviews Chris Chalkley from the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft