As part of the Umbrella Movement aka Occupy Central in Hong Kong, there have been amazing shots of artworks and symbolic gestures in the streets. Here is a video from CNN-HK of some of the artworks, and it reminds me of other ad-hoc Occupy spaces, how quickly people reclaim the space to make something creative, amazing, interesting.
And the Governments want to stop things like this? Oh they pay lipservice to ‘Big Society’ and community involvement, but when it happens, like with the FocusE15 mothers they immediately go onto the warpath. No, all governments much prefer these spaces to be full of cars, using the oil hard-won by wars than anything like this, they want these spaces to be uncomfortable, no-one to linger, no free art or buskers or anything that might not be on-message. Free creativity is like political expression, it scares the powers that be, and challenges the use of public spaces.