'I'm not trying to become Banksy': Bollard-covering artist may strike again

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June 28, 2017 21:36:03

The artist who beautified one of Melbourne’s new anti-vehicle bollards says he may strike again.

The grey concrete cubes were installed around the city on Friday to prevent vehicle-based attacks on pedestrians in the CBD.

On Wednesday morning, one bollard outside Southern Cross station had been wrapped in a stripy, multi-coloured material.

David Gray, who has recently returned from a trip to Europe, blamed his jetlag for the decision to make the colourful bollard cover.

“I’ve been waking up at three o’clock in the morning for a week now,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne‘s Rafael Epstein.

Cubes could be art space

Gray said the bollards were there for a “very real” purpose.

Six people were killed in January when a vehicle was deliberately driven into pedestrian-only areas of Melbourne’s CBD.

“I did not want to make any fun of that, or take away the memory of people who were affected in January this year,” Gray said.

He said he had heard people talking about how ugly the bollards were and wanted to see a movement claiming them as space for “art, not advertising”.

“The City of Melbourne could turn this into a fantastic art space, there’s five panels which artists could just cover with amazing temporary stuff,” he said.

Not trying to be Banksy

Gray said he hoped other artists would create covers for the concrete cubes, which measure 83 centimetres across.

“I measured it surreptitiously with my little bright pink measuring tape a couple of days ago on Monday,” he said.

He pulled out his mother’s old sewing machine and sewed the cover using scraps of material he collected in the 1990s while working with the gay and lesbian rights lobby.

“I’m just worried though, because it’s all creased, I ironed it but then it got crushed in my backpack this morning.”

He said the cover was something he could “throw together” at no cost, and he would not be concerned if it was removed overnight.

“I’m not trying to become a Banksy or anything like that,” he said.

Mr Gray said he has bags of fluorescent fake fur and some sequins that he may use to make another “bollard-y beautiful” cube cover.

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June 28, 2017 19:45:38



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