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Phuket Town street art should stay, says poll

PHUKET: More than 80 per cent of respondents to an online poll by The Phuket News say that street art in Phuket Town should stay if it is appropriate and improves the visual aesthetics of run-down areas.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 10 May 2016, 01:52PM

Pattcharapon 'Alex Face' Tangreun continues his work on street art murals in Phuket Town. Photo: Dan Miles

Pattcharapon 'Alex Face' Tangreun continues his work on street art murals in Phuket Town. Photo: Dan Miles

Following the high-profile controversy over the “Mardi” mural painted on the walls of the old Standard Chartered Bank building in Phuket Old Town, The Phuket News posed to our readers the simple question: “Should Phuket street art stay?”

To this, 56 per cent of respondents voted, “Absolutely, it adds colour and a depth of culture to otherwise drab buildings.”

A further 18% said, “Yes, but only if the art in question matches/reflects the character of the neighbourhood.”

Only 8% voted, “Yes, but only in areas that are run down, in need of a face-lift.”

But not all people who voted in the poll supported street art, with 19% of respondents voting, “Not at all, it spoils the authentic, historic look of Phuket Town and other major attractions.”

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Meanwhile, Bangkok-based artist Pattcharapon “Alex Face” Tangreun yesterday began removing his own mural from the Standard Chartered Building after public outcry over the “Mardi” mural being painted on the historic building. The restoration is expected to be completed today. (See story here.)

For the full poll results, click here.

If the best response for you was not listed, feel free to mention in the comments below.

To read The Phuket News feature article on the mural campaign, “Using pop art to represent Phuket’s cultural heritage”, click here.



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