Long live South Bank graffiti and skating

Long live South Bank graffiti and skating

Long live South Bank graffiti and skating

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Long live South bank graffiti and skating. Admittedly this suggests that for some reason this 4 decade old public space for graffiti artists and skate boarders is under threat. That will be correct but, not entirely accurate. Not too long ago a campaign was set up to keep this public space open after plans to change its use became public. The plans, in response to a mini outcry from the public, were duly shelved but for how long?

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As a londoner the South Bank has increasingly become a must go to place especially in the summer. Street food festivals such as the streets of Spain festival has made the South Bank centre popular. The Tate modern art gallery, the British Film Institute and the National theatre are all either close by or located in the centre. However, the undercroft area of the South Bank is a real favourite of mine. Every visit to the south Bank always involves a few minutes spent looking at the newest graffitis as skate boarders whiz to and fro. The graffiti and skating community there seem to have a symbiotic relationship. This is hardly surprising given that the community has been in existence for the most part of 40 plus years.

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East London rules when it comes to street and urban art in London, however, the small intimate community of mural and graffiti artists as well as the skateboarding and BMX enthusiasts have made the South Bank a less stuffy and more edgy place in a good way. Long live South Bank graffiti and skating indeed.

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Long live South Bank graffiti and skating



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