The Earl of Glasgow has written to Historic Scotland asking if a controversial graffiti mural on the walls of his family’s 13th century castle in Ayrshire can remain as a permanent feature of Kelburn Castle in Largs. The mural features a psychedelic series of interwoven cartoons depicting surreal urban culture. It was completed by Brazilian graffiti artists in 2007 at a cost of £20,000.
It was permitted by North Ayrshire Council on the understanding that it was temporary. A three-year limit was put on the graffiti, pending the start of work to replace the harling render on the exterior of the turret. The castle is located in the grounds of Kelburn Estate, which also houses a country centre open to the public and featuring a series of outdoor attractions.
Last month the mural was named as one of the world’s top ten examples of street art by author and designer Tristan Manco – on a par with Banksy’s work in Los Angeles and the Favela Morro Da Providencia in Rio de Janeiro.
via BBC News
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