STREET ART EXMOUTH STYLE (Part 12)
I sometimes identify with Colonel Kilgore in Apocalypse Now when he makes his famous 'I love the smell of napalm' speech. There's chaos all around, his helicopters having just laid waste to a Vietnamese village. A bomb explodes behind him but he doesn't flinch. He looks to his men and says: "Some day this war's going to end." And he says it as though it's a prediction, contemplating it as though it will be a sad day when that day comes...
In a backstreet deep down in the depths of Exmouth - down in the belly of the beast - there are what can only be described as slum dwellings. Ruins, basically. They're going to be demolished and new town houses built in their place, and I can't help feeling that it will be a sad day when that day comes. I'm sure most people view these old buildings as eyesores and will be glad to see them knocked down but I see them as pieces of art, really. Representations of beauty ravaged.
The ghost signs and the graffiti that I once photographed and stuck up on this blog have already gone, so I'm glad I at least managed to capture them for posterity before being lost forever. And now these slum dwellings are due to go also. In their place, new, modern-day town houses are to be built and I'm sure they're going to be all very nice even if only Russian oligarchs might be able to afford them. I still can't help feeling it will be a sad day though.
The old order changeth, yielding place to new. We're at the end of an age.
Some day this war's going to end.
And in posting the above photographs, it enables me also to post one of my most favourite quotes. From Spanish anarchist Buenaventura Durruti, who fought in the Spanish Civil War:
"We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth, there is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world here, in our hearts. That world is growing this minute."