Anti-GM message is writ large by artists 

By Elaine Keogh, in Drogheda 

"It's a culture and a culture is always evolving," graffiti artist
Phase Two said at the 6th annual graffiti art festival in
Drogheda, Co Louth, at the weekend.

Based in New York, where he helped to establish graffiti as
part of an emerging culture alongside hip-hop, the 42-year-old
said graffiti was not just part of a movement, but also a science
that was all about writing.

A crew from London, with help from the Drogheda-based
TDA (The Dark Angels), created a strong protest against
genetically modified food over the weekend.

It runs under the Bridge of Peace on the main Dublin-Belfast
road, and stark images of scientists either end of the pedestrian
walkway under the bridge are joined by giant, coloured
abstract letters.

In the middle of it all is a mutant, the work of Solo One, a.k.a.
Boyd Hill from Kilburn, London.

"This is a story, and the idea is that food gets out of hand, a
whole generation gets out of hand and breeds a race of
mutants who destroy the people," he explained.

On the other side of the bridge it is all about letters. "This is a
production. The letters are SORN. I liked them," said Tom
(17) one of a three-man crew from Cambridge for the event.

He is a member of PWS (Paint Wasters) while his friends are
members of BRF (British Rail Fan Club). The TDA has stayed
with graffiti since its conception in Ireland - particularly
Drogheda - nearly 20 years ago.

"There are nine of us in TDA Klann and we are the only group
in Ireland or the UK to hold an annual event like this," Darren
Finnegan explained.