Mosman Park architect David Weir is not a fan of PUBLIC2015 by FORM, which has organised the painting of artworks on some 42 buildings around Perth during the week-long symposium. Weir acknowledges that the artworks are great but writes on his blog “It’s the canvas I take exception to.”
He argues in his lengthy article that the artworks are disrespectful to the designers, architects, builders, visions, concepts and that the artists use the buildings as if it was a blank canvas that is not part of the entire building design and streetscape. “The work of millions of man hours subjugated by a fresh approach and a cavalier attitude.” David Weir writes.
Weir complains that it is disrespectful that we paint something on buildings of a talented architect/designer because we-the new generations-decided they got it wrong in the first place and they should have painted an artwork on the blank walls, and he finishes his article “There is an insect and buffalo on the side of the Myer building and I don’t see the point.”
I especially love the massive and stunning buffalo painting by artist TWOONE above the MANY 6160 entrance but I do believe that David Weir has some valid points here. There is a certain arrogance in believing younger generations know better and we might as well paint the pyramids in Egypt red or get TWOONE to paint one of his giant and delightful buffalos on an ancient church because that old style is no longer relevant to modern living and architecture. It’s a bit like Photoshopping the hell out of great landscapes because the artists knows so much better what it should look like than nature does.
I believe David Weir has a point an that it would be an interesting discussion PUBLIC2015 and the wider community should have.
Fremantle will have three new large mural public artworks by the end of next week. Two artists are working on two paintings on the MANY 6160 (former Meyer) building and another one is painting a big octopus on the Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill.
It is all part of the FORM organised PUBLIC 2015 symposium.