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West Dorset's Pioneering Graffiti Project Could be Rolled Out Across West of England

Graffiti Bridge

7:41am 3rd April 2014
(Updated 7:56am 3rd April 2014)

A street graffiti project in Dorchester could be rolled out by British Rail across the entire West Country.

They gave up a wall under the railway bridge on Damers Road to artist Peter Sheridan 6 months ago.

His work of a smoking gun caused a wave of controversy and became a huge talking point around Dorchester, after someone complained the weapon was offensive.

But Sheridan's work was praised and 2,700 people liked a Facebook page defending his graffiti and the controversial gun - you can read our original story here.

Despite the support he did add some bubbles to the controversial smoking gun to appease any opposition.

Chairman of West Dorset District Council Gillian Summers came up with Good Graffiti Project idea. She says a similar scheme in Bridport will also continue;

"The people at St Michael's Trading Estate are very happy for it to remain a legal wall and it will just be somewhere where people can go and paint."

Peter says he thinks the project worked but would like artists more supported if it happens again:

"What I would like to see there is some sort of art project where artists were paid to produce a piece of work that would last for a year.  Then the following year another group of artists would come in and theme it differently."

An awards ceremony is taking place in Dorchester tonight to mark the end of the project and Peter has updated his work in Dorchester:

"I'm sort of painting a character above some of the letters that other artists have done and while you drive past and look at it, it takes you away from things.  It's a form of escapism really."

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