Don't hide mural
1:20pm Friday 25th October 2013 in Letters
WITH reference to the demolition of the Chartist mural, I read with disgust and horror of the destruction of this monument which was of importance not only to Wales but to the whole of Britain and put Newport on the international map as a beacon of democracy.
The mural may have been located in Newport, but Newport council had no more right to destroy it than the Taliban had a right to destroy the three Buddhas in Afghanistan.The council on realising, far too late, the strength of feeling concerning the murals, now says it will put up a new historic artwork.The new work must be (1) an authentic mural produced by a competent artist, possibly Oliver Budd. (2) It must be in a public place i.e. the new bus station.
It must not be a cheapskate reproduction with photos of the original put onto tiles, and it must not be hidden away in a library or museum.
I hope civic authorities in Egypt are more aware of the value of national treasures than the officers and councillors of Newport council, or we’ll wake one morning to find the pyramids have been smashed down, to make way for a shopping mall.
Beatrice Smith New Tredegar
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