Hackney Peace Mural in Dalston
Keen followers of the music scene will have noted a lot of posters popping up recently advertising ‘Home’ the new number one album from East London drum and base group Rudimental. The cover of which is notable as it depicts one of the best kept secrets of Londons east end.
The Hackney Peace Carnival Mural on Dalston Lane was completed in 1985 at the height of the cold war.It depicts a group of people marching for peace against ‘the bomb’ and has become an important cultural statement from that era. Those wanting to catch a glimpse need only catch the London Overground, head to Dalston Junction, cross the road, look right and it’s there. The area is particularly interesting for street art and the mural is also right next door to the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden which is a lovely place to chill out.
Devised by Ray Walker in 1983 it was completed in 1985 by Mike Jones after Walkers premature death. It’s remarkable that it’s managed to stay for so long and now the condition of it is still fairly good.
Anyone wanting more information about the mural should go to the London Mural Preservation Society which has loads of info about the many murals of London.
And If your interested in other murals from this blog you could also check out my post on the Fitzrovia Mural.