Legal graffiti walls should be rolled out in Glasgow to give young people a chance to develop talent and help ‘transform rundown areas“.
Residents can help choose where legal walls would be located in their communities and one option is under the freeway to Royston.
A number of SNP councilors are calling for the move and talks have taken place with other towns that promote street art.
The first wall could be ready by the summer if the plans are signed.
The councilors said they wanted to “embrace this art form” and “celebrate the talent” that the council has “long repainted”. They point out that Glasgow has a “long history of street art subculture”.
Neighborhood Services and Assets Organizer Councilor Ruairi Kelly said: “Street art is a vibrant part of our city’s culture and I want to empower our local artists to be able to create and exhibit their work in their own neighborhoods.
“Creating ‘legal walls’ could not only help transform run-down areas of the city, but be a way to engage with young people and allow them to develop their talents without fear of criminalization or the need to access in often dangerous places.”
The SNP politician added: “If we can change our approach and work with those who know this community best to create policy that supports artists, reduces vandalism and improves areas of our communities, I think that is a much better use of money than just chasing our tails and painting on the walls every week.
Councilor Allan Casey, SNP worked with art groups and organizations to find a new space dedicated to graffiti art.
He said: “Under the freeway towards Royston has always been a problem and needs attention. By working with young people and artists, we could turn a negative space into a real community asset similar to what was done at Anderston Station but with the ability to be continuously updated.
Councilors pointed out that artists and organizations including Color Ways and SWG3 were already at the forefront of advocating for graffiti art.
Politicians now intend to work with groups and individuals involved in the street arts to develop policy to promote Glasgow’s cultural scene.
SNP Councilor Annette Christie, the city’s coordinator for culture, sport and international relations, spoke with other cities that have embraced street art to transform neighborhoods, celebrate cultural heritage and engage in the creation of contemporary creative pieces.
Highlighting how public art gives people the chance to see talent, Councilor Christie highlighted the case of a piece of kinetic art being put back on display in Queens Park after being in storage for years. A previous attempt to show it in 1994 failed when children started playing on it.
Bailie Christie said: “Just two years ago we once again put the kinetic stainless steel artwork, Three Right Angles Horizontal, by internationally acclaimed artist George Rickey on public display in Queens Park.
“After just 24 hours in Festival Park, the decision was made to immobilize the piece and it was removed from Festival Park in June 1994 after only a month on public display. Public and street art is a way to ensure that all of our citizens can experience the artistic talent our city has to display.
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