Mural On The Marsh Officially Opens in Walthamstow

The community led Mural on the Marsh project officially opened today with nibbles, wine and a poem reading. Organised by local campaigner Fabien Ho with the help of Global Street Art the plan was to transform a previously uninspiring and graffiti daubed underpass into an area which, in it’s own right, would be seen as an asset and a destination venue.

Local artists from the Walthamstow area and other parts of the country joined forces to create a mural featuring the local wildlife of the marsh and the area. Produced in the main over the bank holiday weekend of 24-25 August, a few finishing touches were applied in the subsequent weeks ready for the grand opening on the 7th September. Inspiring City was able to capture the artists at work in this post and saw first hand the hard work that went into the creation of this project.

So rather than repeating what was said in the original post here are some pictures from what was a great opening event.

Organiser Fabien Ho, local artists Esther Neslen, Della Rees and Karis Knight and Lee Bofkin from Global Street Art

Organiser Fabien Ho, local artists Esther Neslen, Della Rees and Karis Knight and Lee Bofkin from Global Street Art

Canapes at the ready, the event drew a lot of interest from the local community

Canapes at the ready, the event drew a lot of interest from the local community

Cllr Clare Coghill gave a speech about the mural and was intrumental in drumming up local support

Cllr Clare Coghill gave a speech about the mural and was intrumental in drumming up local support

A local girl had the honour of officially opening the mural helped by Lee Bofkin and Cllr Coghill

A local girl had the honour of officially opening the mural helped by Lee Bofkin and Cllr Coghill

Lee Bofkin from Global Street Art recited 'Leisure' the poem by William Henry Davies which inspired the mural

Lee Bofkin from Global Street Art recited ‘Leisure’ the poem by William Henry Davies which inspired the mural

Lee with Fabien Ho who gave a speech explaining the reasoning behind the creation of the mural

Lee with Fabien Ho who gave a speech explaining the reasoning behind the creation of the mural

The mural has been created to brighten up a popular walking and cycling area.

The mural has been created to brighten up a popular walking and cycling area.

Karis Knight by her section of the mural, an adder

Karis Knight by her section of the mural, an adder

Esther Nelson's section of the mural was a landscape incorporating geese and goldfinch

Esther Nelson’s section of the mural was a landscape incorporating geese and goldfinch

Della Rees section was a landscape incorporating a lot of the grasses to be found in the marsh

Della Rees section was a landscape incorporating a lot of the grasses to be found in the marsh

Pictures of the Mural can be found on on this post ‘Artists Combine to Create Incredible Mural in the Walthamstow Marsh’.

Mural on the Marsh is a community art project which place mainly over the bank holiday weekend of 24-26th August and which 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.

Artists taking part in the mural on the marsh project were Blight Society, Boe, David Nash, Della Rees, Esther Nelson, Hannah Adamaszek, Jane Fletcher, Karis Knight, Lorriane Ward, Louis Masai, Mateus Bailon and Zadok.

Mural in the Marsh map taken from the Mural in the Marsh Facebook page

Mural in the Marsh map taken from the Mural in the Marsh Facebook page