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Thursday 26 November 2015 12.47am
I don't get it - is this about artificially maintaining the sense of illegitimacy that for example made graffiti so exciting? I like Leake Street, but it's a "safe place" for people to go and see art that when it originated was too dangerous, or maybe just inaccessible to them. If it is legal, the sense of rebellion and menace that once came with it has now been removed, so you might as well make a nice clean room available for the artists to work in and for the public to view, with a nice cafè (Fukcoffee?) nect to it and the obligatory gift shop. Some new form of rebelliousness will turn up, probably brewing somewhere already, that will produce its own iconic symbolism in whatever format that will then eventually become commercialised. In the words of my "new" "heroes", the Sleaford Mods: "Three words: Cage, Wheel, Hamster 'ere, here's a bit of cheese - nibble the b*st*rd!".
Thursday 26 November 2015 10.40am
I preferred it as a street of evil smelling bonded warehouses where real hardworking people made a living.
Thursday 26 November 2015 2.01pm
I cant remember it like that.

They were working very hard last night though. Some people were trying to get a VW Beetle through the front door of the Vaults. Looked like a very tight fit.
Friday 27 November 2015 10.32pm
So my choice in the office when chatting is "I had a coffee in Leake Street". That's fascinating...

OR

I saw graffiti, streetart, smelt fumes from a spray can, saw a music video being produced, observed a VW Beetle trying to be taken into a vault. Saw a fashion shoot, watched kids on an educational tour..

Amazing. Long live a coffee shop..
Friday 27 November 2015 11.05pm
ljgiles wrote:
So my choice in the office when chatting is "I had a coffee in Leake Street". That's fascinating...
OR

I saw graffiti, streetart, smelt fumes from a spray can, saw a music video being produced, observed a VW Beetle trying to be taken into a vault. Saw a fashion shoot, watched kids on an educational tour..

Amazing. Long live a coffee shop..

Which of the above would the development under discussion preclude? Perhaps the fumes might be a bit out of place, but the rest?

And even if they did suddenly feel uncomfortable in Leake Street they wouldnt stop existing, would they? Surely they'd just move somewhere else.
Saturday 5 December 2015 6.53pm
We need gratfa n street art
Sunday 6 December 2015 9.44am
Street art loses its appeal and relevance as soon as it becomes mainstream. To artificially keep it on the street purely for tourists to feel "street" is pointless. It reminds me of the short story Evguenie Sokolov, by Serge Gainsbourg. It's a novel "about an artist who uses his intestinal gases as the medium for his scandalous artwork. What once was a huge smelly and noisy problem in his social and sex life becomes a tool for success in the early eighties art world." SPOILER ALERT: one day the artist's flatulence problem disappears, and with it his art loses its appeal, despite the artist's efforts to emulate his previous work. It's funny and well written and satirises the contemporary art industry wonderfully.

I think it's great when artists can live off their art, but let's not pretend it's more relevant than it is.
Sunday 6 December 2015 11.19am
ljgiles wrote:
We need gratfa n street art

A few cafes in part of Leake Street will hardly spell the end of street art, will they?
Sunday 6 December 2015 5.14pm
ljgiles wrote:
We need gratfa n street art
You might, we don't.
And if we did, we might prefer it in a location that smelled less of pee.

Seriously, if it's any good, why not campaign for it to have a home where it can find a wider audience? Or is the fact that it's "underground " a major part of why you value it?

...if you press it, they will come.
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