After a long week starting with a rather horrific incident on Monday, I thought I would try my hand at doing a Free Art Friday effort.

Free Art Friday is simple idea – artists leave out a piece of their work on the street for anyone to take on Fridays – some lucky sod gets a nice piece of work to hang on their wall for nothing. Art for the masses. Its a great idea, on lots of levels.

I thought I would take some of the rubbish that gets left on our estate, and make it into artwork. It might stop the yoof throwing it at each other or hitting other people with it or throwing it at cars – something I see pretty much nightly outside my window. This particular piece of board was once all in one piece – part of a table I think – that someone left out about 3 months ago. The local council with their usual efficiency have yet to take it away, and it has been dismembered into about four pieces in that time.

This is fine for me, as it leaves me the raw materials for a triptych. PAX is almost a prayer on my part for peace, which is something we could really do with for the Summer here. In an area where even the wardens are dreading this coming weekend (the first weekend of the school summer holidays), I’m hoping that art can create calm. I’ll leave it outside in the derelict playground in front of my apartment, where the kids often come to drink and smoke, and sometimes kick each other.

Of course, PAX could still be used for hurling at people and cars, but I’m an artist, and this is probably the best I can do right now.

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5 Responses to PAX

  1. Linda says:

    I’d like to say something good and something helpful.
    I find I can’t. All I can say is what you are attempting here will be seen by some people as ridiculous… In my opinion you are anything BUT ridiculous, in fact absolutely the opposite. You are one courageous person. ( Yeah I know it’s easy to write a few “pretty” words.) However, all the work I’ve seen here is really honest and interesting. Thanks.

  2. gareth says:

    nice piece of work mike – looks really great 🙂 hope whoever ends up with it treasures it 🙂

  3. I couldn’t think of a better response to the incident mate. I just wished I lived in your neighborhood! Could do with some free art.

  4. Kat says:

    That looks really cool, I think the candles are a nice touch! It’ll be interesting to see what happens to it, so if it stays in place & gets graffed then post some updates

  5. Ben says:

    love it!

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