The Street is His Canvas
Peter Gibson AKA Roadsworth uses this as his street name because, as he states, “Where Wordsworth is a poet of words, Roadsworth is a poet of roads.” Although he has a rather long-winded artistic statement he seems clear that what started out as political street art and graffiti has now evolved into a message more whimsical than didactic. Roadsworth seeks to disrupt the bland, humorless and generic nature of road signage with his creations. He has been arrested before and fined for his guerrilla art activities.
As he said, “I like these pieces for several reasons. First I like the fact that the cross-walk was transformed with a minimum of interference on my part. At first glance, a pedestrian may not even notice that there’s anything amiss and I’ve always liked the subliminal aspect of this kind of street art. I also like the fact that the piece can be interpreted in different ways such as on a political or comical level or everything in between. I’m also proud of this piece because it was a challenge to execute as it was done in a very high traffic area of the city.”