Image of the Day February 17
Street Art Hits The High Seas: Ship Beautification In North Wales

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From Banksy to JR to these Italian artists who turned an abandoned zoo into an impromptu public art gallery, street art has become a worldwide phenomenon. But so far, it's been landlocked.

Well, North Wales-based artist Dudug is doing what he can to change that.

The Duke of Lancaster (aka The Black Duke) is an abandoned cruise liner that's been sitting in a harbour in North Wales since 1979. Over the years, there have been requests from the ship's owners to turn it into an entertainment venue, but the local council has denied them all.

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Last August, after working with the council and DOLAS (Duke of Lancaster Appreciation Society), Dudug got permission to turn the ship into a giant, rusted canvas for street art.

But even though the work is sanctioned by the authorities, the slogan Dudug chose for the project sounds a little defiant: "Your ship looked like s*** so we painted it."

And judging by his website, he's still not a big fan of the council - he says he wants them to "overcome their corrupt ways and step aside" as artists continue to add their work to the ship.

The first pieces to go up on the Lancaster were, appropriately enough, these cartoon pirates.

Photo: Annar_50

Photo: Annar_50

They were painted by Latvian artist KIWIE, and the team released this video of him conquering the Lancaster:

Although they weren't actually doing anything illegal, Dudug says KIWIE created the video "under the guise of bombing the ship illegally without permission." The stunt got the project a lot of media attention.

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Other artists who have put their work on the boat include Lora Zombie, Dime One, the Cream Soda Crew (Japf, WarPig and Kash), Andy Mercer, Bungle, GOIN, Mr. Zero, Fatheat, DAC and Si Clark.

Dudug's ambitions are big. He plans "to transform the ship into the largest open air art gallery in the UK." The Black Duke may never sail again, but it will be attracting some attention.

Photo: Annar_50

Photo: Annar_50

Photo: Annar_50

Via Visual News


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