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Love bench DP234912

Love bench DP234912


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Filename: DP234912.jpg

Size: 8688 x 5792 (12.6MB)

Date: 21st April 2022

Source: Historic England

Credit: © Historic England Archive. Alu

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Urgency (1-8) 5=normal: 5

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

Job Title: Staff Photographer

© Historic England Archive

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Love bench DP234912

St James Gardens, Hope Street, Liverpool. Detail of a bench in former cemetery, with spray-painted graffiti reading LOVE

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Media ID 24794853

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print titled "Love bench DP234912" by Alun Bull captures a unique juxtaposition of history and modern expression. Located in St James Gardens, Hope Street, Liverpool, the image showcases a detailed view of a weathered bench nestled within what was once a cemetery. The worn gravestones surrounding the bench serve as poignant reminders of the past lives that were laid to rest here. What truly sets this photograph apart is the vibrant spray-painted graffiti that adorns the bench. In bold letters, it spells out one simple yet powerful word: LOVE. This unexpected burst of color against the backdrop of faded tombstones creates an intriguing contrast between old and new, tradition and rebellion. The presence of public seating amidst such solemn surroundings invites contemplation on themes like life's transience and love's enduring nature. It prompts us to reflect upon how even in places touched by loss and remembrance, love can find its way through artful expressions. Alun Bull skillfully captures this thought-provoking scene with his keen eye for detail and composition. Through his lens, we are transported into St James Gardens where history intertwines with contemporary urban culture. This print serves as both an artistic statement and a reminder that beauty can be found in unexpected places. It encourages viewers to appreciate our shared spaces as canvases for self-expression while honoring their historical significance.

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