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Kelburn Castle Graffiti project

Kelburn Castle Graffiti project

Colorful creation of four Brazilian graffiti artists – Kelburn Castle Graffiti project

Kelburn Castle Graffiti project
In fact, it is a creation of four Brazilian graffiti artists – identical twins Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, Nina Pandolfo and Nunca. Built in the 13th century, Kelburn Castle is 35 miles from Glasgow, and as you can see, has a rather unusual facade. Renovated by Brazilian street artists in 2007, the facade looks extraordinary. Originally, it all began 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. So, he invited graffiti artists to paint cartoon characters and chromatic structures on the castle walls.

Kelburn Castle Graffiti project

Street art in Kelburn Castle Graffiti project

Noteworthy, 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. According to Kelburn, 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.

Intended only for 3 years, the creation, because of its wild popularity and devotion of earl to the project, still goes on. Unfortunately, in 2012, the audit showed that the cement has harmed the original walls of the castle and must be removed. However, there is a 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. In particular, it aims to create an equally stunning visual effect that will not cause damage to the castle.

Kelburn Castle Graffiti project

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