This majestic octopus is the main reason why I chose wall art as one of the prompts for this photo challenge. It appeared on the side of a building in the Upper Town in Gibraltar last year, but it wasn’t until early January that I found myself face to face with it for the first time.
I had seen it on so many Facebook, Instagram and local media posts but it was quite something to see it for real. Measuring 22 metres long, it was painted by artist Jessica Darch and took 10 days to paint. This isn’t the only piece of wall art in Gibraltar though, last spring this work created by the British artist Ben Eine appeared on the side of the Inces Hall…
It certainly proved to be a talking point over here, with divided opinions on it’s design and the appropriateness of its situation, on the side of one of the town centre’s historic buildings.
The most impressive piece of wall art I have seen though, has to be this creation in Toulouse in Southern France. While on holiday in the city last summer, we were wandering aimlessly along the old streets when all of a sudden, we were face to face with this:
In the last month, one of Gibraltar’s historical buildings has had a colourful makeover. The British artist Ben Eine was brought over to repaint the northern facade of the Inces Hall as part of a new Government programme of urban renewal.
The previously shabby white exterior is now painted with the words ‘THATS ENTERTAINMENT’ in vibrant colours on a purple and blue striped background. Both the choice of venue for the art work the missing apostrophe from the statement have caused much heated debate on local social media.
Critics of the work disapproved of using a historically important building as a canvas for the art, while supporters welcomed a bright and cheerful talking point at the southern end of Main Street.
Whatever your views are on the Inces Hall painting, street art is nothing new in Gibraltar. One of the Rock’s most iconic streets is famed for it’s paint job.
Devil’s Gap Road was painted by the local community when Gibraltarians went to the polls in 1967 to vote on remaining British.
The 50th anniversary of the referendum result, which was overwhelmingly in favour of Gibraltar remaining British, will be celebrated this September. Among the events lined up will be a repainting of the steps.
Not far from the red, white and blue steps, one home owner leaves no doubt as to their national pride…
At the northern edge of Upper Town, there’s plenty more street art to be found.
The residents of Moorish Castle Estate got out their paint brushes to celebrate Gibraltar National Day back in 2012:
The area is currently undergoing renovations but there’s plenty community artwork still there for all to see.