Mural option

I AGREE with most of Indigo Pete’s points (Argus, March 26), but adding anything to the image of the Chartist Mural would seriously dilute its impact, its immediacy and its message.

It would add further insult to the memory of artist the late Kenneth Budd and would surely not encourage his son, Oliver, to want to rebuild it.

Instead, it should be accompanied by the following text which would clearly demonstrate Newport City Council’s willingness to operate within the democratic framework so hard won by the Chartist protesters: “This Chartist Mural mosaic is an enlarged copy of the original commemoration by artist the late Kenneth Budd which was demolished in October 2013 to make way for the Friars Walk shopping centre. It has been faithfully reconstructed by the artist’s son Oliver Budd and celebrates the democratic freedoms won as a consequence of the 1839 Chartist Uprising at Newport during which 22 of the protesters so readily gave up their lives for the benefit of us all. The decision to rebuild, in accordance with the wishes of the people of Newport, was taken by Newport City Council in 2014, the 175th anniversary year of the uprising.”

Jim Sullivan Caerleon

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10:50am Thu 10 Apr 14

-trigg- says...

That would need to be changed to say "the wishes of a small minority of the people of Newport".

I see no need for this eyesore to be reconstructed or celebrated in any way. The mural itself has no historical or artistic relevance. By all means celebrate the chartist uprising and the part this played in the evolution of democratic process but surely there is a better way of doing so?
That would need to be changed to say "the wishes of a small minority of the people of Newport". I see no need for this eyesore to be reconstructed or celebrated in any way. The mural itself has no historical or artistic relevance. By all means celebrate the chartist uprising and the part this played in the evolution of democratic process but surely there is a better way of doing so? -trigg-
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12:10pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Jimport says...

-trigg- wrote:
That would need to be changed to say "the wishes of a small minority of the people of Newport".

I see no need for this eyesore to be reconstructed or celebrated in any way. The mural itself has no historical or artistic relevance. By all means celebrate the chartist uprising and the part this played in the evolution of democratic process but surely there is a better way of doing so?
No artistic relevance? Really?
[quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: That would need to be changed to say "the wishes of a small minority of the people of Newport". I see no need for this eyesore to be reconstructed or celebrated in any way. The mural itself has no historical or artistic relevance. By all means celebrate the chartist uprising and the part this played in the evolution of democratic process but surely there is a better way of doing so?[/p][/quote]No artistic relevance? Really? Jimport
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2:36pm Thu 10 Apr 14

-trigg- says...

Jimport wrote:
-trigg- wrote: That would need to be changed to say "the wishes of a small minority of the people of Newport". I see no need for this eyesore to be reconstructed or celebrated in any way. The mural itself has no historical or artistic relevance. By all means celebrate the chartist uprising and the part this played in the evolution of democratic process but surely there is a better way of doing so?
No artistic relevance? Really?
None whatsoever, unless as an example of how not to do public art...
[quote][p][bold]Jimport[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: That would need to be changed to say "the wishes of a small minority of the people of Newport". I see no need for this eyesore to be reconstructed or celebrated in any way. The mural itself has no historical or artistic relevance. By all means celebrate the chartist uprising and the part this played in the evolution of democratic process but surely there is a better way of doing so?[/p][/quote]No artistic relevance? Really?[/p][/quote]None whatsoever, unless as an example of how not to do public art... -trigg-
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