Gun street art graffiti in Dorchester altered

Great Western graffiti in Dorchester
Image caption Artist Peter Sheridan said he did not want a council vote to decide how the painting should look

Street art that was criticised for depicting a gun has been altered by the artist, despite support for it to be kept as it was.

The wall under a railway bridge in Dorchester was provided by West Dorset District Council's Good Graffiti scheme as a way to encourage young artists.

But the western movie-style cowboy's revolver image generated complaints.

Artist Peter Sheridan has since voluntarily altered the work, turning the firearm into a bubble gun.

Project organiser and chairman of West Dorset District Council, Gillian Summers, said she intended to recommend the artwork should remain after a Facebook campaign page supporting it attracted more than 2,700 members.

She said: "Although I did not feel that any alterations were necessary, I hope the changes made will make some local people feel more comfortable with the image."

In a post on Facebook, Mr Sheridan said he made the alterations because he did not want a council vote to dictate what he had to do.

Image copyright Simon Jupp
Image caption The gun in the painting underneath Damers Road railway bridge divided opinions

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