CONCRETE CANVAS

Concrete Jungle - The Coventry Automatics
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MURALS

Examples of some Street Art I have photographed whilst exploring some European cities. These examples mainly come from Brussels and Berlin; the more recent travels.

 

Please click on the images to look at them in full.

BERLIN:

 

I remember getting an S-Bahn overground train whilst I was there and when it came out from underground I looked back at the city, and it looked like 'one giant doodle pad'. Its walls were not just walls, but a platform for expression, creativity, and art.

I also found myself interested in how Berlin's wall art tended to highlight and relate to the cities historical and political struggles. They were reflections of its history.

BRUSSELS:

In Brussels I loved how the walls completely transformed the spaces they were in. No longer was a public playground just 'a public playground', but it was also a public playground inhabited with a giant lighthouse and therefore also became a huge ocean landscape. No longer was a restaurant just a restaurant, but also a huge wrap around ship. In these radical transformations they radically reinvented the spaces they were in. The canal the wrap-around ship was next to became an entire ocean that the ship was a part of etc.

Brussels murals tended to use comic style artwork; Belgium being the birth-place of comics. 

 

What opportunities does this open up for Coventry and its walls?

POSSIBLE LOCATIONS
FOR COVENTRY

These images are pictures that I have taken while walking around the city centre.

They are by no means a definitive list of 'the only' places where these art works should happen, but an idea as to possibilities for where they might be valuable.

In the mix are a couple of buildings which you see as soon as you step out of the train station, a possible powerful introduction to the city.

Others include spaces across town which you might just stumble upon when you walk around the city. Some of these locations I also believe have the capability of drawing people to other areas of the city centre, such as the wall on Hill Street. 

And some, just open up structures that aren't particularly aesthetically pleasing to... being just that.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO SEE WHERE THESE WALLS ARE LOCATED:

WHAT POSSIBILITIES COULD OUR 'CONCRETE JUNGLE' HAVE?