Patrick Boyle, The Earl of Glasgow, has sought permission from the North Ayrshire Council to keep the internationally renowned street art adorning his historical home indefinitely. Kelburn Castle has remained in the family for well over 800 years, and the colorful graffiti was temporarily permitted for scheduled renovations to repair the masonry work on the 13th century castle. A three year limit was placed on the mural, pending the start of work to replace the harling render on the exterior of the turret.
In 2007, the Earl’s son and daughter commissioned Brazilian graffiti duo, Os Gêmeos to paint the castle’s exterior with bright, psychedelic scenes interwoven with surreal characters. Street art, once a taboo art form has become increasingly acceptable in the public sphere, and has become a popular feature on this historic castle to visitors of the Kelburn estate.
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