What do You Want to See?

Art is about to compete with marketing, or indeed take centre stage in our streets, as many commercial posters will be replaced by prints of artworks all around the UK for two refreshing weeks.

From the 21st June (tomorrow), the Art Everywhere project will open its virtual polling station to the broad public. By voting for your favourite 50 British artworks, this is your chance to influence what we see around the country between 10th and 25th August, making a visual difference to our urban landscape. As there will be tens of thousands of such posters, this will turn the UK into “the world’s largest art gallery”.

This is free, so get involved and get voting!

The Beguiling of Merlin, by Edward Burne-Jones

The Beguiling of Merlin, by Edward Burne-Jones

Photo: wikipaintings.org

Bye Bye, Street Art!

Is this a new trend? In the past three weeks, it has been announced that three sites, derelict buildings famous as street art havens, are to be destroyed or sold on.

The owner of 5Pointz in New York, David Wolkoff, has decided that his site will disappear and reincarnate into a 47-storey skyscraper of apartments. Meanwhile, in Pantin near Paris, the bâtiment des douanes will be revamped in 2013 by BETC, a French advertising agency. And last week, the famous Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin, acquired in 2007 by HSH Nordbank, was permanently evacuated in order to be sold on (more photos of Tacheles here).

The punk, the funky and the colours of free expression are all set to vanish to make way for the trendy, the expensive and the more conventional. Stoke Croft in Bristol, beware! Investors are on the move…

Photos: compleattraveller, completement-timbrees.com, lesphotosdestephaniem, blogs-images.forbes.com/johngiuffo, geograph.org.uk, bristolculture