When Art Goes Wrong…

It was supposed to be a temporary celebration of Snowdonia and its local sheep-farming communities.

But a 100-foot mural of a poem painted onto a cliff face which was supposed to come off in the rain, has now been described as nothing more than “graffiti” after it became “cooked on” after a hotter than expected summer.


Permission was given by the National Trust, which owns the land, on the basis that the paint would wash off in the rain. The unfortunate consequences have raised the ire of the community, conservation bodies and mountaineering organisations.

Oh dear…

Elfyn Jones, conservation officer for Wales at the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), said: “We have sympathies for the artistic endeavours involved but what is left is no more than graffiti in a semi-wild landscape in a national park. It’s unfortunate to say the least.”

So it wasn’t graffiti for the duration of the event, but now they can’t remove it, it suddenly is…?

A spokeswoman for the theatre said: “The intention was to return the whole site to its original state. Unfortunately, despite detailed research, the removal of the poetry on the rock face is taking longer than anticipated. After the performance the vast majority of the paint was removed. Unfortunately despite our best efforts, the words remain visible.”

So it’s purely an unfortunate turn of events? Could have happened to anyone?

Mountain climber Mark Reeves said they may have “blighted the landscape they have chosen to help celebrate their tale for a good many years” . The concern, he said, was “no one had actually thought through how they were going to get rid of the poem” highlighted by “the mess they made clearing it.”

But they had thought about it. They simply didn’t foresee the freak weather conditions. Much like mountain climbers & hikers, who end up getting rescued by the RAF.

Perhaps next time, the RAF should just suck their teeth, shake their heads & say “Well, they didn’t think that one through, did they?”

6 comments for “When Art Goes Wrong…

  1. October 12, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    If you look at the top right of the picture you might just be able to spot the words “Welsh wankers”. Not very nice considering all the English, er I mean of course Welsh taxpayers’ money that was spent on this brilliant testimony to Wales’ gigantic contribution to western civilisation. Clearly these defamatory words are the work of visiting English UKIP members.

    By the way, how come the rest of the graffiti is in English too? Wouldn’t Urdu have been more appropriate, given that it has now become the second most widely spoken language in the Principality? Clearly this so-called artwork was put up by visiting English UKIP members.


    • October 12, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Thought police will be after you, if you’re English, male and over 50.

      • October 12, 2014 at 11:02 pm

        How did you know I was over 50?

        • October 19, 2014 at 7:28 am


  2. Furor Teutonicus
    October 13, 2014 at 10:00 am

    HH Unfortunately despite our best efforts, the words remain visible.HH

    Obviously did not study their Pratchett on the power of words, before they produced this graffitti. 😆

  3. October 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Talking of the RAF. Perhaps they can use the defaced rock-face for missile practice. Sort of rock re-arrangement.

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