Huge New Anti-Government Mural In Shoreditch

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 90 months ago
Huge New Anti-Government Mural In Shoreditch

A new, anti-government graffito has been added to the front of the old Foundry building in Shoreditch.

The piece, by Dr. D, is part of a show at the Red Gallery, located just behind the Foundry. It depicts a tabloid-style exposé by the "Fail Daily" (see what they've done there?) of the criminal wrongdoings of our political leaders. The esteemed Prime Minister, his Deputy PM, and the Chancellor, re-christened "Raging Dave", "Dead Leg Clegg" and "Chopper George" respectively, are done up like proper varmints, accused of being the 'Great Brain Robbers' and being part of the "notorious" Bullingdon Club (an accusation that might rankle with Clegg, who was never a member).

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Last Updated 15 November 2010

Tomtiredoflondon

...and, of course, Clegg went to Cambridge

steve147

Painted over already, I wonder why. The ruling elite really do fear the masses beeing enlightened as to their crimes. This coalition is doomed and as for Clegg he is destined to become one of the most despised polititians of all time. Cleggmania, what was that all about.

Tomtiredoflondon

...and, of course, Clegg went to Cambridge

DeanN

You're quite right. What a tough life he's had, none of the advantages his new Cabinet-mates benefited from.

office_howard

as saw on my cycle ride home this evening, it still looked exactly the same as above (unspoilt by any painting-over)

steve147

Painted over already, I wonder why. The ruling elite really do fear the masses beeing enlightened as to their crimes. This coalition is doomed and as for Clegg he is destined to become one of the most despised polititians of all time. Cleggmania, what was that all about.

Tom Williams

Pfft, like the government has ever been that efficient about anything. It's probably Converse putting up even more of their ads in the area.

Dave

Yeah, it's almost like banning protest near parliament and using anti-terrorism or other liberty-crushing laws (or masked police thugs) to repress criticism elsewhere.
Oh hang on, that was the *previous* ruling elite, wasn't it?

office_howard

as saw on my cycle ride home this evening, it still looked exactly the same as above (unspoilt by any painting-over)

ASbardella

Sorry folks, that was my faulty tip. There were two vans from "Graffiti Solutions" parked outside yesterday morning going over the walls with black paint rollers, but it seems they were only covering up the other graffiti the Foundry has accumulated the last few months. I guess they bought the ad space to do the mural, takes the effect off slightly if you ask me.

ASbardella

Oh and covering up other artists' work lest it detract from your own seems pretty shady, but I'm no graffiti artist so will give them the benefit of the doubt?

s'rose

I am a tourist from Toronto. I made a special point of going to this part of London to see the street art. I expect the longevity is like any other place, that anything will be worn away, tagged over, painted over--but I am surprised by the efficiency and zeal with which local UK government expunge political street art. Not going to bring that back home...

ASbardella

Sorry folks, that was my faulty tip. There were two vans from "Graffiti Solutions" parked outside yesterday morning going over the walls with black paint rollers, but it seems they were only covering up the other graffiti the Foundry has accumulated the last few months. I guess they bought the ad space to do the mural, takes the effect off slightly if you ask me.

ASbardella

Oh and covering up other artists' work lest it detract from your own seems pretty shady, but I'm no graffiti artist so will give them the benefit of the doubt?

s'rose

I am a tourist from Toronto. I made a special point of going to this part of London to see the street art. I expect the longevity is like any other place, that anything will be worn away, tagged over, painted over--but I am surprised by the efficiency and zeal with which local UK government expunge political street art. Not going to bring that back home...

antony db

the space wasn't 'bought' - it was actually a mutual agreement with the owners. unfortunately as far as i know some of the building is taken up by an advertising agency which felt 'uncomfortable' about having it up for longer than five days. the actual mural was done by the excellent Dr. D to promote the launch of issue 5 of Bare Bones magazine, a free tabloid publication put together by local artists trying to counterbalance the murdoch-heavy free newspaper scene, show & launch happened at red gallery next door.