Art isn’t something I’ve ever been majorly impressed by. Most works look like a canvas has had a tin of paint kicked over it. You might call me a bit of an art pessimist.
Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate art, the work put into it and the thought process behind some of them – but to look at, it just doesn’t overwhelm me.
This was not the case for the work of Jimmy Cauty. The Cultural Quarter is always bursting with energy and creativity, but this week its home to the incredibly breath-taking piece of art that stood proudly at Banksy’s Dismaland: Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP).
ADP is a 40ft shipping container. A beautifully decorated one, too; covered in all sorts of graffiti and street art. Yeah, it’s cool to look at, I mean, it’s not every day you see a spray painted shipping container in the heart of your city, is it?
That’s not the amazing part though. I’d have been pretty happy with it being just that, to be honest. No, this shipping container contains 3,000 tiny policemen, media crews, ambulances, over-turned buses – the aftermath. Snow covering the grounds, blue flashing beacons, sirens and overturned buses; a post-apocalyptic, rioted, disaster-struck city inhabits the container. It seems so realistic as though you’re viewing it from a helicopter. Each different looking glass shows a different perception, and each is so carefully constructed with every detail taken into account.
How Cauty did this, I really don’t know. But it’s one of the most beautiful and intelligent pieces of art I’ve ever seen and I’m so glad that it’s been exhibited in Stoke.