Sunday, October 18, 2020

Unexpected exhibition

When I lived on Rothesay Avenue in Lenton, Nottingham between 2001 and 2004, its junction with Ilkeston Road was utterly unremarkable. As, indeed, it remained so right up until a few days ago. Strange to think that the corner I used to go around to stock up on fresh veg and odd cakes from the West Indian shop now finds itself the focus of attention for the art world, courtesy of Banksy.

The general consensus seems to be that the artwork is a much-needed good news story for both local people and the city as a whole. However, I wonder about the feelings of the owners of the property that has been selected as the canvas. On the one hand, they've suddenly come into possession of something that will increase the building's value; on the other, the artwork's appearance has already made the wall a target for vandals. Might it end up being more trouble than it's worth?

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