The mischievous artist dubbed ‘Budesy’ has literally gone to town with the street art
An elusive artist has been praised by locals after making cheeky alterations to social distancing markers in Bude.
The mischievous artist, who has now been dubbed ‘Budesy’ or ‘Bude Banksy’, has gone around the town’s ‘keep to the right’ signs, adding quirks that bring the stick-like characters to life.
Among the figures now travelling around the pavement’s of Bude are Doc Martin, a mermaid, a golfer, a frazzled electrician, a man with a pasty, a surfer and an NHS worker.
“Whilst the town council cannot condone the alterations to our Covid-19 pavement ‘keep to the right’ signs, I have to say that this is street art in the truest sense and I feel it actually helps improve the message. People are taking note of them. Well done Budesy!.”Councillor Bob Willingham, the mayor of Bude-Stratton Town Council
The art has been praised by Bob Willingham, the mayor of Bude-Stratton Town Council, who called it “street art in the truest sense” and said it has done wonders for improve the message of social distancing.
“The best thing about it is its really lifted everybody spirits,” he said. “Even if they don’t want to admit it, everyone is frustrated or frightened by the virus, so we had to try and make sure the town was as safe as we could make it.
“We installed the directions just as a little man and we started to put them down – then all of a sudden a couple were graffitied and Ive got to be honest though – they just improved what was there.
“Its brought Bude a lot of publicity just in time for the holiday makers and it’s so lovely. The comments that I’m seeing are so positive and its cheered so many people up. It truly is a lovely gift that Budesy has given to the town and I really cant thank them enough for the energy they have put into this.”Councillor Bob Willingham, the mayor of Bude-Stratton Town Council
“Because the signs are very sterile this actually gave them some life. The surf shop had one first and then a couple others and whoever the artist was saw the smiles being brought on because of them and they have since gone to town on them, literally.”
Original publication 5 July, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 10th July 2020
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