FLINTSHIRE Council have been faced with a rather large message from an anarchist group, who are in the process of regenerating an abandoned cruise liner, with the aim of transforming it into Europe’s largest open ait art gallery. A 6 foot postcard was hand delivered to the Head of Regeneration at the Council, bearing some questions about their objections to this tourist attraction being created.
Dudug were formed last year with the aim of transforming the Duke of Lancaster 1960s cruise liner into a stunning piece of modern art. Since formation, Dudug have coordinated a series of artists to visit the ship from across Europe and leave their own original pieces of urban art. A total of 12 gigantic and impressive murals have been added since August 2012.
Whilst these works have been added, Dudug have also been working in the background to try and progress plans for the ship to become a much needed tourist attraction in the area, but they have repeatedly met objections from the council.
Dudug Project Director, Maurice Blunt, commented: “Last August Dudug promised to bring back to life, and draw public attention to The Duke of Lancaster, docked in Mostyn, as well as regenerating her into a tourist attraction in an area crying out for investment and employment. Eight months on, and with the help of some extraordinary friends from all over Europe, as well as locally, that vision would become a full blown reality if only we could get the goodwill of Flintshire County Council.”
Flintshire council have put forward a series of objections, which Dudug have battled to overturn. The biggest barrier, they claim, is that the access bridge to the ship is not structurally sound enough to take the weight of a 12 tonne fire engine.
Maurice continues; “The Council continue to put forward claims that are simply untrue. The most startling of which is, they state, Glan-y-Don bridge, which takes loads in excess of 30 tonnes on a daily basis, is not strong enough to support a 12 tonne fire engine if emergency access was ever required on the ship’s dock. This is blatant discrimination.
“We have repeatedly asked the Council’s Head of Regeneration to justify his claim, but now unfortunately it seems Dudug are shamefully being ignored.”
The owners of the ship have had a series of well documented legal battles with the council about their plans for the ship, since they first docked the Duke there in the 1970s.
The group decided that they needed to go to extreme lengths to capture the attention of the Council and motivate them to respond. They created a 6ft postcard, which directly addressed the Council’s MAIN objection. The detailed postcard included a stamp featuring a copy of the first mural which was added to the ship by Latvian street artist KIWIE back in August.
Maurice concludes; “Hopefully this little reminder will be quite difficult to miss or file in any council’s ‘ignore’ postal tray. We are not asking the Council for money, only their goodwill.”