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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 August, 2004, 13:34 GMT 14:34 UK
Drive-through art gallery opens
Graffiti
The artwork is on walls of a car park
A drive-through art gallery thought to be one of the first of its kind in Wales has been set up in Bridgend.

The car park underneath the town's Recreation Centre has been transformed into an exhibition space.

But oil paintings and watercolours usually seen in exhibitions are not featured in this collection.

The work is that of a group of teenagers in the town who have transformed the walls of the car park using graffiti techniques.

The walls, which were constantly being defaced, have been transformed into canvases featuring specially-designed graffiti art.

It was the idea of Bridgend Council's arts development officer Andre Van Wyk.

Andre Van Wyk
The idea was thought up by council arts officer Andre Van Wyk

"The space in the car park was very dingy and was covered in graffiti that didn't look good," he said.

"So I thought we could use the space to get the young people in the area to create some good graffiti art."

And when the young people in the area heard about the project, about 35 teenagers aged between 12 and 16 joined in to create a number of pieces.

"It was something the kids wanted to do," said Mr Van Wyk.

"A lot of them are into skateboarding, and wanted to create artwork which reflected that interest.

"It has been a real success.

"The whole area looks really good now and we have had no negative reaction from anyone who has seen it.

"We are hoping that it will be an ongoing project and that we can roll it out to other areas as well as updating the artwork that has been done," he added.




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