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Coronavirus Street Art By John D’oh

Documenting the pandemic through Street Art

I have covered the Covid-19 epidemic in a lot of detail since the start of the outbreak, and quite a few of my artworks have been featured in articles from all over the world in many different languages. As I have produced so much artwork about the outbreak and its socio-economic consequences, I decided to produce a book as an informative, vibrant, and occasionally-humorous diary of the unprecedented events. Most of the images seen and explained in this book come from Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Glastonbury, Weston-super-Mare, and Worcester. While in the situation of a national lockdown, it would have been easier to go out undetected and produce lots more art, I did (for the most part) obey the lockdown and social distancing rules. I considered going out to spray images as my “one permitted form of exercise a day.” Being stuck at home gave me time to prepare stencils and other artworks at home for the future. Given that art products were definitely not considered essential and not easy to buy, it forced me to recycle or reuse more items, such as making more stencils out of old cardboard cereal boxes.

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Banksy Ends 2020 With A COVID-19 Message In Bristol, England

The anonymous England-based street artist Banksy is back at the center of attention with another one of his thought-provoking pieces of art. This time, it’s a COVID-themed mural that has recently appeared in one of the steepest streets in Bristol, England.

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7 Photos Showing England Now And 125 Years Ago

You can’t deny that time changes everything – from people to places. Only sometimes the changes are so subtle, you can hardly spot them as they’re happening.

To highlight these changes, British company On Stride has created a series of comparison images between modern day and Victorian time England. Needless to say, not everything stood the test of time but you can still recognize some of the surviving monuments from the good old days.

Check out the side-by-side pictures of London, Liverpool, Manchester, and other cities 125 years ago and now in the gallery below!

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Bristol – St. Augustine Parade

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Saint Stephen’s church remains a constant on Bristol’s skyline – in fact, it’s been there since the year 1470! For several centuries the church tower was a landmark that seafarers could use to guide themselves to Bristol Harbour. Today, it’s tucked behind taller developments such as Colston Tower (to the left of the modern image). But the most significant detail to have changed from photo to photo has been there even longer: the River Frome has disappeared from sight since this part of it was covered over in 1938, one of the latest developments in a long history of diverting and culverting the river to boost trade around the harbour.

Liverpool – St. George’s Hall

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The area between Lime Street railway station and St George’s Hall opposite (on the left of the picture) is a rare example of a barely-changed landscape in this part of the city. The area of Lime Street around the corner from the gothic buildings has been radically transformed in the last few years, while if you were to turn 180 degrees and walk into the shopping district, you’d find it barely recognizable compared to a decade ago – before the redevelopment of ‘Liverpool One’. Talking of 180-degree turns, the Neoclassical pomp of St George’s remains exactly where it stood when it opened in 1854 despite a persistent urban myth that it was accidentally built back-to-front.

London – Victoria Embankment

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There’s a surprisingly ancient piece of history in these photos: the obelisk in centre-frame is the 3,500-year old ‘Cleopatra’s Needle’ offered by Egypt to Britain as a gift in the 19th century AD. It remains sadly overlooked in 2019 as officials resist pressure to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the gesture. Waterloo Bridge beyond is a far newer landmark but with a more eventful history: the version in the Victorian photo was demolished in the 1930s, and rebuilt by a team of women during the Blitz (it took a while for their story to emerge due to statements like then-Deputy Prime Minister Herbert Morrison’s: “the men that built Waterloo Bridge are fortunate men.”) It was the only Thames River bridge to incur damage from German bombs. More recently, it was the site of the major global warming protests of Extinction Rebellion.

Manchester – Victoria Street

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The cobblestones of Victoria Street may have long since vanished to make way for the motor car, but the controversial statue of Oliver Cromwell that disappears from one photo to the next could be making a comeback. The statue was a gift to the city from Elizabeth Heywood, wife of 19th-century mayor Abel Heywood, in honour of her late husband Thomas Goadsby, the city’s previous mayor. But it was Cromwell’s political divisiveness as much as the serial mayor-marrying of Elizabeth Heywood that resulted in it being put on the street instead of its original destination inside Manchester Town Hall. Cromwell was relocated to Wythenshawe Hall in the 1980s, but seems set to return to city life when the area around the 15th-century gothic cathedral (right) is redeveloped and rebranded as the ‘Medieval Quarter’ in the near future.

Newcastle – Black Gate and Castle

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The ‘Black Gate’ drawbridge post built in 1250, and Henry II’s 842-year-old castle (built on the site of the fortress that gave Newcastle its name) are listed buildings, so they haven’t changed much between Victorian times and now. The most significant change is the building that’s popped up between them in the photo – and this one’s now listed, too. Built in the classical style as the Northumberland County Hall in 1910 and expanded upwards and outwards in 1933, it is now a hotel. The bridge has become a railway viaduct for the East Coast mainline to Scotland.

Scarborough – the Spa at South Bay

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The city of Scarborough can trace its fortunes to the 17th-century discovery of a mineral spring with purportedly medicinal properties. Word spread and the spa became a fashionable tourist destination, and over the next two centuries a sequence of structures of varying impressiveness (beginning with a simple wooden terrace) overlooked the waters. With the arrival of a rail connection, the spa complex (left) was built, and then restored and expanded after a fire in the 1880s. The key difference between the pictures is the enclosure of the Sun Court in the later image. Although the Grand Hall seats 2,000, the Sun Court is an altogether more wholesome place to catch a performance by the Scarborough Spa Orchestra, who have performed there since 1912.

Worthing – Marine Parade

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The pier at Worthing was first opened in 1862, with the South Pavilion in the background of the original photo added in 1889. The pavilion survived a gale that washed away much of the pier in 1914, but disappeared behind the bigger and more modern Pier Pavilion built at the shore end in 1926, which dominates today’s photo. In the 1930s, the South Pavilion perished in a fire and passers-by hurried to dismantle the pier to stop the flames spreading to the new pavilion. The South Pavilion was subsequently rebuilt in the Streamline Moderne style – kind of art deco-meets-nautical. It later became a nightclub, before returning to use as a café and entertainment venue, while the pavilion in the modern picture is mostly in use as a theatre.170 shares

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People Share 29 Statues That Are Better Than The Ones Torn Down By The Protesters

If you’re following the news, you probably heard that protestors took down the statue of Edward Colston, an English merchant who was known for being involved in slave trade, in Bristol. Well, the takedown of this statue actually inspired other protesters to tear down numerous other statues who depicted slave owners and other human rights abusers, like Christopher Columbus and Robert Milligan. However, this doesn’t mean that all monuments are dedicated to terrible people. People on Twitter are sharing photos of monuments dedicated to activists and revolutionaries who fought for peace and equality, and all of us should learn more about them.

Check out the monuments dedicated to heroes all around the world in the gallery below!

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After People Are Conflicted On Whether The Slave Trader Statue Should’ve Been Removed, Banksy Offers A Brilliant Solution To End The Argument

Last Sunday, after protesters in Bristol, England decided to tear down the already defaced statue of a well-known slave trader, Edward Colston, and throw it into the harbor, a heated debate was sparked. While many people cheered as the statue of a man who, back in the day, was responsible for transporting about 100,000 slaves from Africa to the Americas was toppled and drowned, others had conflicting opinions. Some described the act as the erasure of history that is important to remember, while others condemned the protesters for the illegal actions they took part in.

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The statue caused a bit of splash both literally and figuratively, as opinions both from political leaders and regular people started flowing. Clearly, some common ground needs to be found to resolve the matter.

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As it turns out, there’s a rather simple solution to end the controversy surrounding the toppling of the statue and it comes from the prominent street artist Banksy, who often uses his art to share commentary on politics and social issues. His pitch is rather simple: bring back the statue, put it back on its pedestal, but upgrade it with statues of protesters armed with ropes in the action of taking down the slave trader’s statue. According to the artist, this would be the best way to have this “famous day commemorated.”

Some internet users really liked this idea

And some of them not as much…

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