I had thought I’d be out and about over the christmas period, but due to the seaonal weather and over indulgence I haven’t got very far at all, bring on the spring, or at least some dry weather!I do have a strange fondness for this place, it was one of my very first explores, it had more walls and roofs and even windows then! But I do think it’s on borrowed time now as it is slowly but surely falling down, I’ll be surprised if it lasts another year.Surge and Britney, did it again, reclaiming a favourite spot.Simple but effective, and slightly disturbing.Mr Hastes’ monkey seems to have escaped 🙂Corpse, surely one of the most photographed pieces in Sheffield over the last few days, love it!Stickers! Featuring C3, D7606, Greenz, SSSOVA, VoxRomana and others.Mila K,Acid Junkies, took this after it had snowed and the sun was shining, it was literally blinding.Not sure who did the piece on the left, but Dyson in the middle and Teml(?)I like this, a commissioned piece #colourbritain sponsored by Dulux.Coloquix has an exhibition on at the Forum, go see it if you can. I went to the opening night, cue another hangover! 😉The skatepark is going through a popular phase at the moment, practically changing every week. Riseone and Rast, I may have seen Riseone painting this, but it probably wasn’t him… This is an art space, a space for art, the shutter apparently however, is not….
This was one of a series of awesome pieces by Mila K that were painted whilst I was incapacitated with a broken leg. Nearly 10 months on, I finally made it up the huge ramp that they were above, much to the horror and amusement of a group of young boys, who insisted on helping me down so I didn’t hurt myself, bless’em!
There’s more much more, I’m seriously behind in sorting my photos, hopefully I’ll catchup soon……better than being bored I suppose 😉
I’ve seen a real change in the city over the last few months a lot more people seem to be becoming aware of and appreciating the vibrant streets around them. All good 🙂
As part of the Sharrow Festival held each year in Mount Pleasant Park there is a graffiti jam in the ballcourts. This year sadly, due to the inclement weather we’d been having, the event was cancelled. However, on the actual day the weather was not bad at all and a number of the local artists turned up anyway.
It was a good day and all the better for being so spontaneous, people just came and did their thing and the atmosphere was great.
The festival proper was rearranged for October.
The House Skatepark exterior has had a makeover, a huge production with Phlegm, Boms, Gzos, Jaer and Teas, still haven’t managed a picture of the full wall. Annoyingly every time I go there are vehicles blocking the view.
Before my OCD kicked in properly I just used to pop to the skatepark and the ballcourts every now and then. It only occurred to me gradually that I was missing so much, and I couldn’t have that! At this point though, I was still pretty oblivious..
The spiky chap above is by CoLor Art, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
I was also unaware that there was a graffiti jam once a year at Mount Pleasant Park and by chance ended up there not long after one, there was some amazing stuff. I’m guessing, looking at them now, that the ones I don’t recognise are not Sheffield artists, but I could be wrong.
Like this piece above, I would love to know who did this.
This piece is byBooms, I know that now, I really should have known it then.
Rast, Skint and ACAB, part of the Real Hate Crew, the bikes aren’t theirs by the way!
I spent a long time believing this was Kid Acne, only to be told, eventually, it was french (parisian even) female artist EMA.
This ballcourt was not as popular as Mount Pleasant, although it is much more popular now as the street art community has grown in number, confidence and popularity.
This isn’t a court shot it was in the town centre. Some purists don’t like stuff like this, but I love it. That someone had taken time to make this and then gone and stuck it on a door in town for surely no other reason than to make people smile, I think that’s ace. I love the huge detailed fantastic pieces that symbolise what street art is all about, but there is always room for the simple things, isn’t there?
As time went on, I began to do more research on my chosen subject and came to realise that Google Earth was my new best friend, that, streetview and flickr. I still find it amazing how many places I never knew existed till I got into this and I’ve lived in Sheffield all my life.
Places like this little ballcourt were totally off my radar, but me and Mount Pleasant Court were already getting cosy.
This was and still is the busier of the two courts, getting a full makeover on a very regular basis. This has given rise to beef on occasions, with the aggrieved writer going over the others work on purpose. A common occurence in the graff world and one I find frustrating and fascinating in equal measure.
The skatepark on Devonshire Green is quite a popular spot but many of the pieces are worn away rapidly as it is popular with skateboarders and BMXers as well. There is also a small section of wall that is used by artists, sometimes a piece will last a couple of months, but it has been known to change three times in a week.
The more photos I took of graffiti I began to spot similarities, pick out individual artists, the guy above did lots of pieces here and it took me ages to put a name to him.
The piece above is by Espre, I took this photo in 2009 and realised what it said about an hour ago. As stated previously I’ve still a lot to learn!
The above production is a collaboration between Rocket01, Jaer and Esteo, one of several pieces on the outside walls of the House in 2009. I arrived here in my quest for more Phlegm (Yes I know), it’s a cool place that has a real feel of community about it, but also has an air of something struggling to stay afloat. Phlegm and other artists have taken part in various activities over the years to help keep it going and people do travel great distances to come and see the artwork here.
Many of the big names in Sheffield Art/graff scene have painted here including Kid Acne…
…the lovely Fauna Graphic…
…and of course a bit of Phlegm…
…and maybe a bit more!
This place gets a makeover every now and then and we’ll back to record the changes.