Artists of all persuasions joined forces this weekend to create an incredible mural under a railway bridge in the historic Walthamstow Marsh as part of the community ‘Mural in the Marsh‘ project.
With artists organised with the help of Global Street Art, the idea was to transform an unattractive underpass often daubed with graffiti at the centre of one of London’s most beautiful areas, into a celebration of the marshes wildlife. Where once one would have jogged a little bit quicker or walked a little bit faster to get through the underpass now joggers and walkers might be tempted to pause a little in order to enjoy a mini gallery with works from some of London’s finest artistic talents.
Painted mainly over the August bank holiday weekend, the first days painting was all but called off with artists battling valiantly against the downpours on a soaking start to the weekend. It meant that all hands were on deck on the Sunday which mercifully was a lot brighter and drier. By mid afternoon though the walls of the underpass were really taking shape.
One of the successes of street art is how the public interact with it. During the time that I was there the art had already attracted a lot of attention with children in particular seeming to really enjoy the art and asking a lot of questions about the wildlife portrayed. People who would have normally walked on through the underpass also stopped to speak to the artists, take photos and learn about the project.
As usual some photos below from this project that once again brings street art closer to the community and which really adds value to it’s surroundings.
Update – 7th September 2013 – I returned to the marsh to see the official opening and also to look at the pieces of mural that were unfinished when I visited in August. Below are some updated pictures from the mural completed during the intervening weeks.
Mural on the Marsh is a community art project taking place mainly over the bank holiday weekend of 24-26th August and which officially opened on 7th September. The mural can be found under the intersecting railtracks and tunnel on the Walthamstow side of the marsh and is a 20 minute walk from Clapton Train Station. The project was curated and managed by Fabien Ho from Fabsternation, with the assistance of Lee Bofkin from Global Street Art, supported by Cllr Clare Coghill from Waltham Forest and funded by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. Paint was supplied by Forest Recycling Project, with kind donations from Cowling & Wilcox and numerous local Walthamstow residents who kindly donated paint.
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