Dunbar Harbour - The North Wall Reverse Graffiti Project
Working with local artist, Paul Togneri, the fishermen, residence & Dunbar Harbour Trust to create a temporary mural on the Victorian Harbour's concrete North wall.
Reverse graffiti is a non intrusive, ecological & relatively low cost creative medium. The technique is to clean the design onto the wall using large stencils & a power washer to remove the dirt. First developed in Leeds in the early 2000's by the artist & musician Moose. I was lucky enough to work alongside Moose, while on my art foundation year & I was always intrigued to experiment with the process. Dunbar Harbour Trust are keen to tidy up & produce an art work on the concrete North wall of the harbour. The wall protects the harbour from the harsh strong north sea waves, & during the winter months the wall is constantly showered by the waves coming over. The wall is 90m in length & 3m in height, a huge space to work with & also an extremely prominent space viewed by the town. Reverse graffiti allows us to create a temporary, non intrusive mural, which we hope will be the starting point to continued works on the wall.
It is fundamental to involve, engage & represent the immediate resident's both working & living in the harbour. The town is undergoing huge changes, an attack of new developments, parking constraints & a immediate changes with little communication with the locals. The town is becoming homogenised with no infrastructure or support to the families who have lived & worked in the area for decades if not centuries. Art is a space for dialogue, open communication & inclusive, collaborative transformation.
The central piece '90 degrees of separation' is by locally cultivated, Edinburgh based, artist, Paul Togneri. Either side will branch out representing the different approaches to the harbour ; The fishermen, the residence & The Dunbar Harbour Trust.
On the left side of '90 degrees' will be the stencilled ECG of who is considered to be the heart of the harbour, by the residents, by the fishermen & the immediate residence of the harbour.
The right side will be a visual representation of a song prominent o the people of Dunbar, or invariably Scotland. Which will be visualised in part to create a wave form that represents the song or the way it is played. Preferably wave to tie into the harbour & the people.
90 degrees of separation by Paul Togneri.