Kelburn Castle Graffiti project
Kelburn Castle Graffiti project is the creation of four Brazilian graffiti artists – identical twins Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, Nina Pandolfo and Nunca. Kelburn Castle was built in the 13th century. It is located 35 miles from Glasgow, and as you can see, has a rather unusual facade. The facade was renovated by Brazilian street artists in 2007, when the Earl of Glasgow, Patrick Boyle learned that cement that have been added in the process of renovation in 1950 must be removed. At the request of his son, he decided to radically change the look of the castle – so that nothing reminded of the cement restoration. He invited graffiti artists to paint the castle in cartoons and chromatic structures.
It was an unprecedented artistic move which combined an ephemeral urban culture of street art with the traditional. The medieval appearance of the rural castle suddenly blossomed with its not typical paradoxical visual beauty. “This is a project of contrasts and collaboration that connects types of rural and urban areas, and combines the two proud and very different cultures,” explains Kelburn.
The creation was intended only for 3 years, but because of its wild popularity and devotion of earl to the project, the festival of street art still goes on. Unfortunately, in 2012, the audit showed that the cement has harmed the original walls of the castle and must be removed.
Graffiti will be probably removed in summer of 2015, but there is hope for the preservation of the unique project. The owners of the castle, the Count and his son, David, are planning to hold a competition for architects and designers to create an equally stunning visual effect that will not cause damage to the castle.