River Banksy

KOMPAS Exeter Instagram feed (6 July 2016)

If you wander down to the Quay one balmy summer evening (we can always hope!) you’ll likely find yourself under the watchful gaze of a few charming characters. These colourful guards of the Quay underpass (including a couple of lovestruck swans, one striking dragon and a pug so cute you’ll find yourself wanting to cuddle a wall) first appeared in August 2015. Commissioned by the Canal and Quay Trust, “River Banksy” was crafted by Exeter’s own urban artist ‘Spacehop’ and Devon-based ‘Seymour. Walls Painted’ – making it a truly local masterpiece. It’s not been plain sailing for the new mural, though: before the paint had dried, River Banksy found itself targeted by graffiti tags and crude images. It was “demoralizing,” Seymour told Exeter Express and Echo – adding, however: “we won't let it stop us from forging ahead and trying our best to make the subway a brighter and more welcoming place.” Anyway, thanks to the mural’s anti-graffiti coating, it all washes away pretty easily… leaving us free to fall in love with one of Exeter’s newest street art successes. #Exeter #KompasExeter #ExeterQuay #Spacehop #Seymour #StreetArt #ExeterStreetArt #UrbanArt #Mural #Art #OutdoorMural #Swans #Pug #PugArt #Painting #Graffitigram #AntiGraffiti #IgersExeter #Devon #VisitDevon #LocalArt #LocalArtist #SummerInDevon #SummerInExeter

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If you wander down to the Quay one balmy summer evening (we can always hope!) you’ll likely find yourself under the watchful gaze of a few charming characters. These colourful guards of the Quay underpass (including a couple of lovestruck swans, one striking dragon and a pug so cute you’ll find yourself wanting to cuddle a wall) first appeared in August 2015. Commissioned by the Canal and Quay Trust, “River Banksy” was crafted by Exeter’s own urban artist ‘Spacehop’ and Devon-based ‘Seymour. Walls Painted’ – making it a truly local masterpiece. It’s not been plain sailing for the new mural, though: before the paint had dried, River Banksy found itself targeted by graffiti tags and crude images. It was “demoralizing,” Seymour told Exeter Express and Echo – adding, however: “we won’t let it stop us from forging ahead and trying our best to make the subway a brighter and more welcoming place.” Anyway, thanks to the mural’s anti-graffiti coating, it all washes away pretty easily… leaving us free to fall in love with one of Exeter’s newest street art successes.

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