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'Humping bunny' graffiti on Sheppey branded 'awful'

A controversial graffiti artist has upset a community by painting a picture of two "humping rabbits" on a wall.

The decoration appeared in an alley in St George's Avenue, Sheerness, on Friday after the international muralist Jules Muck had plastered a giant Harry Potter face on the front of Denise Kerry's home in nearby Medway Road.

Her actions immediately launched a debate about whether her work was art or vandalism.

The controversial bunnies in Sheerness (3665313)
The controversial bunnies in Sheerness (3665313)

Jenny Lovell dismissed it as "awful" on the KentOnline News page on Facebook.

But Andy Roscow said: " It made me smile. Blank brick walls don't do that."

Commenter Sherbet Pip wrote on KentOnline: "I personally like the art but I can't see the council accepting it. It will possibly affect the neighbours' property values."

DaveT added: "I'd be interested to know what this has done to the value of the property?

"Is it a case of 'where there's Muck there's money'? Or will it knock 10 grand off the asking price?

"If the latter applies, can it be washed off?"

Muralist Jules Muck from the USA at work turning Denise Kerry's home in Medway Road, Sheerness, Sheppey into Harry Potter's Hogwarts (3656833)
Muralist Jules Muck from the USA at work turning Denise Kerry's home in Medway Road, Sheerness, Sheppey into Harry Potter's Hogwarts (3656833)

Hales15 asked mischievously: "How come the artist's friend Sara Sugarman didn't want her house painted?"

California-based muralist Jules Muck - known as Muck Rock -was holidaying in Britain and asked her friend Sara Sugarman, a Bafta-winning actress who has a home on Sheppey, to appeal for anyone who wanted their house blitzed by her aerosols.

Sheppey is no stranger to controversial cartoons.

Dean Tweedy of Marvellous Murals made headlines in 2015 after painting a picture of a stroppy-looking mermaid apparently preparing to blow up the American SS Richard Montgomery munitions ship.

Beachfields Park , Sheerness. Milton artist Dean Tweedy is creating a mural on a wall at the amusement park. Picture: Simon Hildrew FM3951832 (3665374)
Beachfields Park , Sheerness. Milton artist Dean Tweedy is creating a mural on a wall at the amusement park. Picture: Simon Hildrew FM3951832 (3665374)
Dean Tweedy's controversial angry mermaid at Beachfields, Sheerness, Sheppey (3665377)
Dean Tweedy's controversial angry mermaid at Beachfields, Sheerness, Sheppey (3665377)
Dean Tweedy's controversial angry mermaid at Beachfields, Sheerness, Sheppey (3665379)
Dean Tweedy's controversial angry mermaid at Beachfields, Sheerness, Sheppey (3665379)

The wreck has laid rotting on the bed of the Thames Estuary off Sheerness since the Second World War.

The wall art is still there next to the amusements in Beachfields Park with the slogan: “Welcome to Sheerness. You’ll have a blast.”

The ship also remains in situ.

Brian Spoor, chairman of the Sheerness Town Team, who has a mural of Beowolf on the front of his own property, said: "If she has permission from the owner she hasn't broken any rules. Her Harry Potter looks excellent."

But he added: "She might have gone a bit too far with the rabbits. Some people might regard that as obscene."

Sheerness Town Team chairman Brian Spoor (3665629)
Sheerness Town Team chairman Brian Spoor (3665629)

The retired businessman said: "I'm not sure what effect it will have on the value of the property.

"If her name was Mrs Banksy it could put thousands on the price. If not, well, a 10-litre tin of paint can work wonders."

Jayne Gregory said on the Sheerness Times Guardian Facebook page: "It's not art and it's not nice. That is rude, plain and simple. If I owned the house I would sue the person and make them paint over it."

Martin Gunn was more practical. He said: "Maybe she should be asked to do art work on New Road Football Club hut to cover the other graffiti?"

Carole Clymer commented: "I like it but apparently Muck Bunnies have caused offence in other places, not just the Island."

And Barry Snow piped up: "Oh God people, take a chill pill. It’s called fun."


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