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SALFORD GRAFFITI PALACE TO BE DESTROYED
 

Star date: 1st April 2011 

SALFORD COUNCIL SPENDS OVER £1MILLION TO DESTROY ORDSALL GRAFFITI PALACE – WHILE KEEPING ITS OWN COUNCIL GRAFFITI!

Salford Council is to spend over £1million on riverbank improvements in Ordsall, which includes the destruction of Salford's hidden Graffiti Palace displaying work by artists from all over Greater Manchester.

But on the same stretch of wall that Salford Council reckons has "the growing problem of graffiti", it has its very own graffiti with the names of Salford councillors, regeneration agencies and depictions of Manchester buildings. That is to stay…

Is this an April Fool's joke? Apparently not!

Full story here…


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Salford has something that no other place in Greater Manchester has – a Graffiti Palace, where artists from all over the region come to produce stunning works of graffiti art in an ever changing outdoor gallery.

Salford Council itself describes the Palace as "one of the longest unbroken stretches of graffiti in the city" but one that doesn't fit into its bright new plans for a river walkway between Manchester city centre and MediaCityUK, fearing that BBC workers might be offended by 20ft high works of art.

The Council reckons the Graffiti Palace is a "growing problem" and will have "a significant negative impact on future investment potential". It intends to replace the Palace with `bespoke' green, graffiti-proof screens which would "embrace a panel design with vibrant colours complementing the Irwell River Park branding".

While the Council destroys the Graffiti Palace, it intends to keep the "extremely popular community mural adjacent". This `extremely popular community mural' is basically graffiti with the `tags' of Salford City Council, Salix Homes, Greater Manchester Police and Salford councillors, plus depictions of buildings in Manchester which many Salford people might find incredibly offensive and a `growing problem'.

The total cost of the `Ordsall River Park' improvements is £1,102,915, including almost £20,000 in management fees, £15,000 for graffiti removal and a whopping £523,461 contract (up 38.5% on the original quote) to Morrison Construction Ltd, one of Salford Council's partners in its Urban Vision company.

Salford Council states in a report on the River Park that the site "would benefit from screening using high specification bespoke hoardings which would vastly enhance the riverside experience for users, improve the quality and attractiveness to support future private sector investment, and promote additional activity and usage of the routeway".

Some people might say that Salford Council is sterilising a whole area, yet again, for MediaCityUK…

Photos by Steven Speed

 

 

 

David Henry wrote
at 19:53:08 on 02 July 2012
Salford should take Bristol's example and take a more liberal approach to street-art/graffiti. It certainly brightens the place up when it's done well and people have a sensible attitude to it. They have also had a tourist interest in their graffiti and spawned Banksy. Cover the entire Lowry Centre in Graffiti Kids! no really please do.
 
zach wrote
at 20:14:41 on 06 July 2011
Salford city council's current strategy against graffiti is outdated and a waste of money. Graffiti artist are keen and and expressive, a person who is prepared to go to great lengths of personal danger and financial loss just to make an otherwise dull metropolis more decorative and inviting are clearly not going to stop if the man decides to destroy one area of art. They'll just keep on going, searching for ever new places to display their art. People know it is illegal, they've probably excepted that, so if graffiti is to be managed effectively the city council should praise and celebrate it, designate legal zones, encourage tourist attractions, and the catering industries. Cost effective and lucrative as well as making use of an otherwise unused and moribund area of Salford. And of course the major benefit is that the council and the police know where the graffiti is, the broken window theory will no longer mean anything as the 'window' will be controlled by the council. The police can go back to policing the real anti-social criminals such as muggers, rapist and drug dealers. Also that particular type of person who hates any art outside of a golden frame or a pretentious gallery will also no longer have the suffer the 'indignity of seeing such vandalism' by simply avoiding the area. But in conclusion I think it is stupid, pathetic and tyrannical to destroy anything so beautiful as a palace. an gold knows Salford needs one.
 
Graham (Festa) Bowman wrote
at 12:45:41 on 11 April 2011
What! What is the difference between Art & Graffiti? 32,000 years ago our ancestors created the Palaeolithic cave paintings; evidence suggests that they were not merely decorations. Some theories hold that they may have been a way of communicating with others. Err is Graffiti not just a modern version of the same? Do we describe these wonderful cave paintings as pieces of Art or as Graffiti? Can u imagine in the past some Neanderthal coming along and saying ‘Right Lad’s this wont do! It makes the place look like a Ghetto….Clean it off! Thank goodness they didn’t, let’s hope the Neanderthal’s descendants do likewise and leave the paintings alone for us all to enjoy! Do something useful…clean up the Tagging! And encourage Good Artists!
 
Jim Devine wrote
at 22:45:48 on 05 April 2011
I wonder what the council knew about 'The Salford Stallion' who as a school teacher betrayed the trust of everyone in the worst possible fashion. Apparently the school actually previously caught him having sex with a pupil and let him off with a warning. Did the council know about this and if not why not? My guess is the umbrellas are being put up as we speak.
 
Mike Skeff wrote
at 14:46:48 on 05 April 2011
Just when I thought this council coudn't get any worse: silly me! this won't be the last time money is wasted, the only way to stop it in the future is to VOTE them out at the next election. The problem then is, will the next lot be any better? I think not. We can only hope.
 
Acidone wrote
at 18:18:27 on 04 April 2011
'Salford has something that no other place in Greater Manchester has – a Graffiti Palace, where artists from all over the region come to produce stunning works of GRAFFITI ART in an ever changing outdoor gallery' you said it yourself its art so why destroy it? and hows i a growing problem, its art, destroying this wall wont stop vandalism on the streets it will do the opperite.... coulcil clowns!
 
Paula Moss wrote
at 15:39:33 on 04 April 2011
Why not give a peoples vote for the people of SALFORD to hear they views on what they would spend £1 million on,childrens medical equipment for the already underfunded childrens wards thats a start !!!! At least leave some street ART to cheerup these areas. Love & Peace
 
anon wrote
at 13:04:09 on 03 April 2011
£15,000 on graffiti removal, wow iv seen this wall and that is ART not vandalism its not scruffy little tags it is done by artists with real talent dont take the piss and spend that money on a real cause
 
Ed Ward wrote
at 13:01:43 on 03 April 2011
Dull - witted , unimaginative , brain - dead cretins .All councils are stuffed with them . These clowns only survive by spongeing off the taxpayer , as they are all unemployable in the Real World .Councils , executives , MPs, MEPs, LORDS and all similar wasters are the prime reason this country is the cess-pit of Europe .But don't worry , the Sheeple are crawling out of the gutter and you lot will get what you so richly deserve ...
 
frank rafferty wrote
at 18:51:22 on 02 April 2011
Cretins and councils always seem to go hand in hand...they appreciate nothing because councils mainly consist of nothing other than the most dull-witted, brain dead, unimaginative people living. Only standing up to them ever changes their minds. This is a cuse to be fought against and thinking people everywhere should react accordingly...leave this art alone....No Paseran!
 
Red Dave wrote
at 00:58:42 on 02 April 2011
So this cretinous council can waste ONE MILLION POUNDS of OUR illegally extorted council tax on yet another braindead scheme .In these austere times , caused by politicians and their chums the banksters , these idiots should be reducing the council tax extortion , not squandering OUR money yet again .Any comments , you scum , cretinous council wasters ? No , thought not , unaccountable and arrogant as usual . You morons will be in the dole queue next month , where you belong.
 
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