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Graffiti Project

Volunteers working on the Graffiti Project are very happy to share what they have discovered so please do stop and talk them and find out more about the fascinating marks that they are finding. The volunteers are easily identifiable as they are wearing high visibility tabards with Grafiiti Project written on the back.

Find out more about the Graffiti Project here and below the volunteers explain some of their favourite marks.

This is my favourite piece of graffiti in the Cathedral. I chose it because I have walked past it quite a few times without even knowing it was there until two days ago. When I saw it for the first time I thought that it really highlighted how this project will let me discover things about the cathedral that I’ve never seen before. It also made me think about how each piece of graffiti is so personal to the person who put it there. So when we discover new pieces of graffiti it will feel like we are reaching out into the past to the individual. Lucy.

 

 

This graffiti depicts what appears to be a bell and is only a few inches in length. It is my favourite so far simply because the reasoning for its creation is very unclear and opens up a number of questions. Was the creator simply listening to the Cathedral bells at the time? Does it have some deeper, apotropaic meaning? Are the surrounding marks related in any way? Dave.

 

 

 

This is my favourite piece of graffiti in the Cathedral. I chose it because I have walked past it quite a few times without even knowing it was there until two days ago. When I saw it for the first time I thought that it really highlighted how this project will let me discover things about the Cathedral that I’ve never seen before. It also made me think about how each piece of graffiti is so personal to the person who put it there. So when we discover new pieces of graffiti it will feel like we are reaching out into the past to the individual. Lucy.

 

 

 

 

Love this one for its symmetry and intricate detail. It gives the impression of having been designed before it was scratched out.Lynn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s my choice for favourite graffiti (so far), although it’s technically two pieces in one picture! I love simple initials and dates, because I like the mystery of imagining the person behind it. I chose these two from the Cloister in particular because they’re over 100 years apart (1603 and 1764) but now forever connected in the same spot. Felicity.

 

 

 

 

 

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