Norwich is the place I would class as my hometown. Admittedly I only lived nearby up until very recently, but nobody knows how to pronounce where I’m from. It is a city with a great deal of heritage, being one the fastest growing cities in the UK during the industrial revolution, due to its close sea connections to mainland Europe. The centre of the city spreads for quite a few miles, and since then the city has only grown even more.
In this post you’ll experience a different side to this ancient city, with a more modern twist of the many graffiti spots around it. There is a similar atmosphere to that of Bristol, or even Camden Market in London due to the wealth of obscure little shops, features and art pieces around the city. Each will feature their location (apologies if some of these pieces are no longer around), and a small description of why it caught my eye.
This almost ‘Banksy’ style piece has featured for quite a while on this wall. Satirical, yet holding some truth in it, the artist is not happy about homelessness, that’s the one thing that can be drawn from this piece. The art style is very catching as well as it’s colour. Not many expect to see the Union Jack flag painted in such a way, and the colours of it are incredibly striking as well as its placement.
Getting this shot took quite a few tries, and most of them failed attempts. I snuck myself away in a doorway opposite and waited for the right moment to capture without looking like I was capturing a shot. This gentleman did not realise at all that I was there, just showing the effect that this graffiti piece is stating against. It did amaze me that out of the crucial senses we use for a simple act like traveling by foot, this person managed to do without sight and sound.
On the same building as the previous piece, this graphic is trying to point out that things can still be unique and eye catching, that there are many special experiences to be had throughout your day. Slightly ironic that by creating this piece, the artist actually made a red herring for me.
Only being slightly cocky here, but the artist seems to think that graffiti scene in Norwich is improving the area. Whether you agree with it or not, I think most can agree that when it is done without intended offence and with purpose and meaning, any artwork or graffiti is welcome.
In contrast to the previous post, sometimes random scrawls and minute additions can add an atmosphere to a structure. This doorway has been scribbled on multiple times, and has thus given it an even more artistic look in my mind.
This wall has been entirely taken over by a graffiti artist and I fully believe that it is better than what it was before. To the right of this piece are the following images, which add so much to just a concrete wall. There is never anything offensive written, the pieces created are simply for showing off skill and artistry. A high level of ‘banter’ takes up most of it, people trying to out-do each other through art, or just writing strange quotes or jokes.
Taken over by paint and slowly being taken back by nature, this staircase has become alienating to some. I have to say that few seem to use these stairs, as there is little need to, but nonetheless they have attracted some great uses of creativity and paintwork.
The final piece in this blogpost is one that shows a great deal of meaning. From a frequenting artist in Norwich (if you seen any pineapples graffiti’d around Norwich, London or Bristol, then it’s likely them). Knapple has a great point here, stating many things that I agree with, including minimalist tendencies in consuming as well as trying to reduce on technology use.
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at some of my findings through Norwich, if you spot any of them still, please feel free to share them with me below in the comments, or on my Instagram page.