Save the Bees Project in London culminates with a Paint Party, Music and Free Seeds at Rockwell House

Campaigning street artists Louis Masai and Jim Vision have joined forces over the past week to raise awareness amongst London’s Eastenders about the dangers posed to Britains Bee population.

The issue has been well trailled over the past few years with more and more acknowledgment given to the fact that if something isn’t done soon then a key part of our eco-system could end up seizing up as the pollinators suddenly disappear.

Jim Vision live painting at Rockwell House

Jim Vision live painting at Rockwell House

In order to highlight the issue, walls have been painted across the East End in Shoreditch, Hackney and Bethnal Green and the message couldn’t be any more clear ‘When we go, we’re taking you all with us’. The hashtag #savethebees is the call to action and anyone turning up to see the artists painting could go home with a packet of free seeds which local folk will plant in their own garden, window box or even just a plant pot.

One of the biggest risk to bees currently is the availability of the sort of plant needed to help sustain the population. As more development takes place and more pesticides are used, the spaces for bees to thrive have simply disappeared so gardens, and window boxes are becoming a really important source, so all going well there should be plenty of planting going on just about now.

Louis adding the final touches

Louis adding the final touches

Masai and Vision have been painting furiously in order to reach a finale which took place over the weekend at Rockwell House. Based on Hewett Street the venue is home to End of the Line and often plays host to many a street art event. This time though the star attraction was a hive of bees as the rooftop venue baked in the sun and proved the perfect setting for a event which made the issue clear but never preaching.

Music from the angel voiced Rosie May and the incredible beatbox and street dancing crew Ambidextrus joined a host of other talented acts nestling in amongst the live street art and bee talks taking place. As events go it was perfectly pitched and managed to achieve it’s objective or so it seemed by the amount of packets of wildflowers that were eagerly snapped up.

So as usual I managed to get a few snaps from the event and most of the walls although I’m missing the one on Hackney Road, so if anyone has any shots please send them over to inspiringcityuk@gmail.com and of course I’ll give full credit, I’ll bee eternally grateful😉

Braithwaite Street in Shoreditch

When we go we're taking you all with us

When we go we’re taking you all with us

Walking past the wall

Walking past the wall

Doom of the Fruit

Doom of the Fruit

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Bees from Jim and Louis

Bees from Jim and Louis

Ellsworth Street in Bethnal Green

Flying Bee on Ellsworth Street

Flying Bee on Ellsworth Street

Bees on Ellsworth Street

Bees on Ellsworth Street

Big Bee on Ellsworth Street

Big Bee on Ellsworth Street

Vallance Road in Bethnal Green

Bee by Jim Vision on Vallance Road

Bee by Jim Vision on Vallance Road

Bees flying along Vallance Road

Bees flying along Vallance Road

When we go we're taking you with us - Vallance Road

When we go we’re taking you with us – Vallance Road

Sclater Street in Shoreditch

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Bees complete with additional tag

Bees complete with additional tag

More of Everything on Sclater Street

More of Everything on Sclater Street

Save Me on Sclater Street

Save Me on Sclater Street

Hackney Road in Shoreditch

An epic bee mural on Hackney Road from the pallettes of Masai and Vision

An epic bee mural on Hackney Road from the pallettes of Masai and Vision

The mural features a huge which appears to be sewn together by the other little bees

The mural features a huge which appears to be sewn together by the other little bees

This bee is holding a needle and thread

This bee is holding a needle and thread

The mural is in the car park on Hackney Road

The mural is in the car park on Hackney Road

A bee holding a ball of wool

A bee holding a ball of wool

Save the Bees Project at Rockwell House

Bee painting

Bee painting

Louis Masai admiring the bees at Rockwell House

Louis Masai admiring the bees at Rockwell House

Crowds at the event with art from Zadok in the background

Crowds at the event with art from Zadok in the background

Two members of Ambidextrus an innovative street dance, beatbox and singing crew

Two members of Ambidextrus an innovative street dance, beatbox and singing crew

Rosie May singing live at Rockwell House

Rosie May singing live at Rockwell House

Masai live painting at Rockwell House

Masai live painting at Rockwell House

Louis live painting complete with artistic addition

Louis live painting complete with artistic addition

Other links

Friends of the Earth
Interview with Louis Masai