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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Ulverston townsfolk shocked by mystery artist’s ‘menacing’ skull work

MYSTERY surrounds the origins of an ominous piece of street art which has suddenly appeared next to a busy Ulverston road.

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DIVIDING OPINION The street art in Brewery Street, Ulverston, has caused a stir in the town, with different opinions being voiced by, clockwise from bottom, Councillor Pat Jones, Dave Crossley and Tom Bowden

Ulverston residents were surprised to discover a six-foot painting of a human skull daubed above a doorway in Brewery Street.

The black-and-white image, which has been signed by anonymous artist Loki, appeared on one of the entrances to the former Hartley’s Brewery site earlier this week.

But initial theories about the reason behind the graffiti have proved to be unfounded.

Comments on social media sites suggested the skull might be a public art installation ahead of this weekend’s Another Fine Fest.

But Dave Crossley, one of the festival organisers, said the graffiti had nothing to do with the planned celebrations. He said: “The only thing that we are doing in the street ahead of the festival is the yarn bombing.

“The graffiti on the day will only be in certain zones and will be on temporary boards outside The Sun and the owners of the Roxy have given permission to spray a permanent Stan Laurel piece.”

Some residents have raised concerns about the skull, which is along one of the main routes into the town centre from the A590

Town councillor Pat Jones said: “I don’t think that’s the image that Ulverston wants to be presenting, in fact I think it’s menacing.

“I saw it for the first time last night when I was going to Ford Park, it was peripherally and I was horrified, it just lets the town down.”

But the skull seems to have split public opinion.

Tom Bowden, owner of Working Class Heroes clothing shop in Market Street. said: “I like it and art is in the eye of the beholder. It’s well executed and it’s in a prominent position so it ticks those two boxes.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should have writing on all the walls but there’s a time and a place for it.

The town council is unable to remove the graffiti because it is on private property.

The owner of the building, Robinsons Brewery, was unavailable for comment.

Have your say

I quite liked it I've not heard anyone at all say negative about it so where the town divided headline comes from ??? Ulverston councillors do not speak for the town at all . Crackingly artistic maybe some decorative roses entwined would have removed the 'evil' that some townsfolk saw ? I say to those sort your heads out as your mind thoughts must be pretty black to see evil in that stunning piece of art .

Posted by claire on 1 July 2014 at 13:45

Ulverston is already a ghost town.

Posted by Ben Bolton on 23 June 2014 at 10:31

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