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‘Disturbing’ painting spotted in centre of Tunbridge Wells

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Original article from Kent Live

A rather peculiar painting has been spotted in Tunbridge Wells.

The artwork can be seen on Camden Road painted on windows above a shop alongside many other pieces.

The painting shows an adult holding a child in his right hand out of a window.

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The image has caused many locals to raise questions on social media, one of them being Pembury Parish Councillor Patrick Gillan.

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Cllr Gillan took to Facebook and wrote: "I appreciate art should inspire and sometimes shock but is this picture in Tunbridge Wells precinct responsible?

"To me it's a throwback to the horrible moment Michael Jackson held his son over a balcony.

"Perhaps its resemblance to that MJ moment is not coincidental."

Michael Jackson came under scrutiny in 2002 when he dangled his son Blanket over a balcony in Berlin.

Many people claimed the act was irresponsible and were concerned for the child's welfare during the action.

Cllr Gillan told KentLive that he fears the artwork in Tunbridge Wells could be giving off the same kind of message.

The paintings in Tunbridge Wells

"I looked at it and walked past and had to go back and look again," he said.

"The artwork itself is fantastic, but I just can't get my head around the story behind the image.

"I thought the image was disturbing so I put it on Facebook to see how other people felt about it."

Cllr Gillan decided to get in touch with the artist behind the image in order to understand the meaning behind the painting.

Joshua Skama Piehl has artwork displayed across Tunbridge Wells, and Cllr Gillan is a big fan of his work.

"I was told that the adult in the picture was not meant to be the child's father," he said.

"I thought that was rather confusing, it all seems rather strange and bizarre.

"If anyone holds a baby out of a window in that fashion, that's not a responsible message.

"If an artist doesn't get a reaction, however, they haven't done their job."

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