“Whilst looking at the theme ‘Whose Art is it Anyway?’, we came across one of the most iconic pieces of street art in Sheffield. Spray-painted across the bridge between Park Hill Flats is ‘CLARE MIDDLETON, I LOVE YOU, WILL U MARRY ME’. The slogan was later taken as property by the new owners of the flats, a group called ‘Urban Splash’, who lit up the words by strip lights, excluding the women’s name.
It is now a commercial symbol that is printed onto beer bottles, cards, t-shirts, pillows and framed prints. This has sparked a wider debate about what should happen to the work next: some people believe it is vandalism, others a universal message of love, and for the family, it presents a sad reminder of their loss.We decided to make a short video based around this debate and the idea of what makes art sentimental or valuable. We thought that video would work best to show case the location and allow us to have a running commentary over the footage, so we could discuss the implications of using someone else’s work to create profit.”
Read the full critical commentary for this artefact here.