News: Controversial Removal of “Teenage Kicks” Graffiti Piece in Ireland

This article was posted by Eileen 1 year, 1 month, 42 minutes ago.

Photo: The Belfast Telegraph

The removal of an iconic graffiti piece in east Belfast, Ireland has caused controversy among community groups and the public. The “Teenage Kicks” mural was a reference to the 1978 punk rock song by The Undertones, and was painted on an overpass the day after the death of BBC Radio DJ John Peel in October of 2004. The song was well known as Peel’s all-time favorite song, hence the piece painted in his honor after his death. The mural lasted almost a decade, only to be removed recently by the Department of Social Development and possibly other community groups.

The removal of the mural caused a surge of criticism from citizens of Northern Ireland. In the face of this controversy, the East Belfast Partnership and the Ballymac Friendship Group, two community groups in East Belfast, have both denied any part in the removal of the piece, despite claims from the DSD that they did have a part in it. The removal of the piece, according to the DSD, was to be part of a plan to improve the public welfare of the area. They have claimed that the removal of this particular piece of graffiti was agreed upon by all community groups as a necessary step in the scheme to the improve the East Belfast area, although these groups are now denying that they agreed to the removal of the graffiti.

It is unclear whether or not these community groups did agree that the graffiti should be removed, but it remains a sad truth that the iconic mural no longer stands in the place where it paid tribute to John Peel and The Undertones for nearly a decade, and many community members and residents of the surrounding areas grieve for the loss of the community landmark.

Source:   The Belfast Telegraph

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Graffiti,
the undertones,
john peel,
Graffiti Removal,
Mural,
Ireland,
belfast,

© Eileen & 12ozProphet - Monday July 01, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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Rocky - Friday July 05, 2013 at 03:42 AM...

Rocky on 12ozProphet

that sucks, I hope they find the original artist(s) and paint in back the way it’s been

Ma.destruction on 12ozProphet

Most people are just too fucking ignorant. They see it as graffiti and don’t bother to think about any meaning it might have or investigate any further, they just see it as an “eyesore” that needs to be erased. In my city we have this group of morons that call themselves “city activists” who go around buffing shit on their own free time. A lot of times they’ll buff just the middle of pieces, leaving the tops and bottoms of the letters sticking out, making it illegible, but definitely still visible. What these groups are doing is just as illegal as the “eyesores” they’re trying to cover, but has NONE of the creativity that a good piece or throw up has.

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