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Kelburn Castle To Lose Psychedelic Art, Going Old School

Kelburn Castle
Kelburn Castle isn't your typical 13th century Scottish castle and aristocratic estate. It's an example of some of the best street art in the world.

As you can see, it's pretty trippy, the product of a group of Brazilian street artists in 2007. It was allowed by the local council on the understanding that it would be up for no more than three years. Generally, there are strict rules in the UK about changing the appearance of historic buildings.

Despite this, the castle's owner, the Earl of Glasgow, has been fighting to keep it. Now it looks like the mural will have to go. It turns out the layer of cement that the mural is painted on is damaging the original medieval walls.

Being a modern sort of aristocrat, the Earl of Glasgow has launched a Facebook page to save the mural. So far it's attracted more than 4,000 likes.

[Photo courtesy Iain and Sarah]

Should Kelburn Castle's graffiti stay or go?
Leave it, it's cool!23 (47.9%)
Take it off, medieval buildings need to be protected!25 (52.1%)

Filed under: Arts and Culture, History, Learning, Europe, United Kingdom

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