If you haven’t noticed yet Simon Mamo Real Estate have covered an important cultural mural in downtown Silema and we would like to shine a light on why this is wrong.
Simon Mamo Real Estate decided that putting up a billboard over a piece of street art which depicts the struggle of migrants into Europe was a great idea that would go unnoticed. The wall is set to vanish over the next few months however it reminds us of the saying that they were waiting to jump in someones grave, rather then let the piece of art be enjoyed and photographed over its last few months!
We asked a few artist’s and musicians what they think about the subject including the original artist.
From the words of MTO who had his quote at the ready due to the uproar…
MTO (Graffiti Artist)
“Savagely covering a political mural speaking about migrants struggles to cross Mediterranean sea with an ugly real estate advertisement which looks like it’s getting out of the character’s butt couldn’t make more sense”
Twitchcraft (Graffiti artist)
Twitchcraft the organizer for the whole project in Malta who also headed the correspondence with Sicily says “Originally the wall was for me but I gave it to MTO because I was directing the Sliema Arts Festival and had no time” He goes on to say “I had met MTO in Belfast he was my first choice when it came to bringing artists out for the festival. This is a sad day for me what else can I say – this just shows the level of total disregard towards anything of any creative or cultural significance .These are the lowest , worst of the worst. I am totally speechless”
Seapuppy (Graffiti artist)
When a mural artist puts up a big piece, that artist is giving all of themselves to a community. Their years of sharpening their tools within their skill set to their thoughts shaped by the world around them. Thus, its only natural that a community would greatly respect and appreciate these traits that give soul and a heartbeat to an area. Its free for all and we can sit , watch and wander for a moment in our busy lives.A labored gift for the people to be covered by a soulless billboard asking you to ”buy our stuff” is highly inappropriate and would be naturally frowned upon.
“Honestly speechless! what can you even say”
Rhys (hip hop artist)
“They’d rather out shine art with estate, what a state, unfortunately money is more important than creativity nowadays”
Zephyr Bugelli (Set designer)
“Another big leap for real estate another big fall for something iconic”
“Had to happen eventually The rules of construction go in that manner no laws say that you cannot work on top of graffiti”
“Talk about a bad advertising campaign, their going to be hated I mean why the fuck would you do that.. it’s like saying. Fuck aren’t we all about the money”
Words by: Ian Hinksman