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Arthurian Mural Denied in England

Monday, June 20, 2016

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A mural featuring some supernatural and psychedelic imagery is making quite a stir in one English town.

Glastonbury, England, is associated with myth, and with a countercultural music festival held nearby since 1970.

But that doesn’t mean anything goes—something homeowner Bill Knight found out the hard way, after having the mural painted to cover one side of his Glastonbury home.

Glastonbury mural

The mural was characterized by District Council as "harmful to the significance of the heritage assets identified."

The BBC reports that Knight was frustrated with graffiti artists tagging his wall, so he commissioned an artist to craft the piece of art, which features a rainbow, the nearby mythical Glastonbury Tor (a strangely formed hill), and Excalibur, the sword associated with King Arthur. (Some say the Holy Grail is in Glastonbury.)

But the District Council of Mendip, in which Glastonbury is situated, isn’t having it.

The council refused to permit the mural, and an appeal was later denied. The mural was characterized as “harmful to the significance of the heritage assets identified,” and the council says it would not “preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the Glastonbury Conservation Area.”

Last week, Knight was given 21 days to cover the mural up.

Supporters of Doomed Mural

Not everyone on the council abhors the mural so, though. Councilor Terry Napper told the Central Somerset Gazette, “I think there are bigger problems in Glastonbury that need addressing other than Bill Knight’s mural, like the abysmal state of Meare Road and the absolutely abysmal state of the Beckery. But they want Bill to repaint the side of his property.”

Knight has other supporters, to be sure. There’s now a Change.org petition to let Knight keep the mural, and a Facebook group in support of it.

However, Mendip Council says the matter is resolved, and an online petition will not change its status, the Gazette reported.


Tagged categories: Artists; Government; Laws and litigation; Murals

Comment from Gary Burke, (6/20/2016, 7:32 AM)

That's a beautiful painting and it should stay! What is the problem with it?

Comment from Sarah Geary, (6/20/2016, 8:28 AM)

A mural vs a wall with graffiti tags...gee, I wonder which I'd rather see. Criminitly!

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