One of the murals painted as part of the ‘Arts Quarter’ campaign and on Katherine Street has been removed, painted over by – I presume – Croydon Council. It was one of the more risqué pieces but the nature of Street Art is impermanent and art should illicit a response, positive or negative.
On my usual route around the shopping promenade it was a head turner and I could visibly see passers by doing a double take or smirking perhaps its location was to prominent and its proximity to Queens Park garnered to much attention, it reminded me of the sculpture by Marc Quinn of Alison Lapper Pregnant situated on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square the sculpture gained huge public interest and media attention being the first to appear in the rolling programme of temporary fixtures.
We’re a great supporter of street art in Croydon, and are fully behind the growing arts quarter in St George’s Walk, which is producing some fantastic work.
I hope the removal of Steve Johnson’s mural, Untitled Female #1 doesn’t dissuade Street Artists from provoking reaction or diluting the campaign started by Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison.
Stephen Johnson’s latest mural appeared and whilst it hasn’t to date generated the public, media & council interest at least its now more “family friendly”.