There’s a new bit of art up in the centre of town:
The artist who created the latest Sidmouth Wallspace billboard has been sharing his skills with children and young people at the local youth centre and skatepark. Steve McCracken is the man behind the colourful ‘street art’ paintings of birds on local buildings around the town. He produced the billboard picture over three days, coinciding with Sidmouth Sea Fest and tying in with its theme ‘Kelp our Oceans’. It depicts the many-tentacled Kraken sea monster above a crowd of birds.
Here he is on Youtube:
Speaking about the paste-ups in the above video, Steve said: “It’s a form of temporary street art, so painting images onto paper … they’ve got that temporary vibe, it’s not going to last forever, with literally just the intention to brighten up people’s days.”
It features The Kraken as it ‘rides in from Sidmouth beach over a sea of bird head chaos, rising its tentacles up high into spiral wave shapes representing the power of the ocean’, and was made using spray paint and ink over three sessions.
Sidmouth Wallspace is a physical public outdoor gallery and is a collaborative project between Sidmouth School of Art, the Coastal Community Hub and David Shrigley, supported by Arts Council England and Sidmouth Town Council.