Street-art

PARK MURAL – MORE DETAILS DISCOVERED

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 11:47

On Monday, Spurtle reported the surprising things to be found behind bushes in King George V Park.

The wall paintings there featuring fabulous creatures were new to us, and we asked readers if anyone knew who was the artist responsible.

Within hours, reader Laura Vivanco got in touch to tell us her father, Miguel (still resident in the neighbourhood), began work on the mural in 1976.

BEASTS BEHIND THE BUSHES

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 03/05/2021 - 10:48

The northern boundary of King George V Park comprises the rear wall of a long shed opening onto the former Royal Bank of Scotland carpark.

It’s hidden behind a screen of trees and shrubbery, but a foray into the interior reveals a remarkably ambitious and peculiar mural.

Reading from left to right, it begins with mostly aquatic creatures, including a frilled-neck lizard, a huge frog, octopus, sea snake, turtle, seal (possibly) and hippopotamus (maybe).

COUNCIL GRAPPLES GRAFFITI

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 28/10/2020 - 10:50

THERE'S ALWAYS CLEANING FLUID, BUT IS IT THE SOLUTION?

Councillors on the Culture & Communities Cmte last month approved a Report on Edinburgh Council’s Graffiti Strategy.

The Report comes at a time when anecdotal evidence suggests graffiti – or at least the repetitive territorial marks known as ‘tags’ as opposed to ‘street-art’ – have become more prevalent across the city.

BUT IS IT STILL STREET-ART?

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 24/10/2020 - 15:02

This intriguing enigma appeared in Bellevue recently.

The point seems to be that either a food product is so unhealthy that to consume it displays a lack of common sense. Or that a lack of common sense explains people’s failure to consume this healthy food product.

There’s a self-contradictory balance at play here, although other explanations are likely available.

Gentle breeze

SOLIDARITY AND DISSENT ON STEAD’S PLACE

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 12/05/2020 - 06:15

Not sure there’s much more to be said …

Ever since Drum Property closed down the majority of shops and local businesses on Stead’s Place, the mute shutters have served as a sounding board for every kind of local opinion, outpouring, oath, and obscenity it’s possible to imagine.

What looked at first like a kind of silencing has had just the opposite effect.

Thanks go to observant Spurtle contributor D.M., who captured the following images over recent days.

We really enjoy these suggestive vignettes, and present them without further comment.

A WORD IN YOUR EYE

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 05/05/2020 - 05:24

NO SHORTAGE OF OPINIONS ACROSS SPURTLESHIRE

We’re an opinionated and contradictory bunch in these parts.

Everyone brimming with views, but not always keen to give vent to them in public and in person.

Perhaps this explains the recent rash of pronouncements around the barony, signs offering advice on everything from self-help to the creative big picture.