The Rotunda exhibition area of the Museum of London has been taken over with the bank holiday weekend playing host to some of Londons most recognisable street artists.
Over the space of two days, Italian artist RUN, Frances Thierry Noir and Shoreditch’s own John Dolan combined to create a 70metre wall mural in the Barbican at the entrance to the Museum of London. All have become well known on the street art scene over the last few years and represent the core of the Street Art London stable of artists.
Both Noir and Dolan have recently completed highly successful exhibitions at the Howard Griffin Gallery and RUN’s work is instantly recognisable across the East End of the city. The combination of all three was part of the Museums attempt to celebrate some of the quirks of the city as part of their ‘The City We Live in Festival’
Speaking about the event the Museums Director Sharon Ament said “Street art is an artform that is sweeping across London. It is a familiar sight for Londoners that has become bound up with the city’s buildings, pavements and walls. In a way, it has become one of the many ways in which we experience the city that we live in. At the museum, we tell the story of London and its people from prehistoric times to today. And it’s fitting that we are able to celebrate this phenomenon, here, on our very own walls this weekend.”
The resultant mural was designed to be interacted with. Visitors could speak to the artists and even add their own little piece of art to it. Dolan’s cityscape in particular was one that really attracted some additional attention. Well known for his Shoreditch scenes, he switched to draw possibly his largest ever cityscape featuring some of London’s most iconic monuments. The resultant mural received the most interactions from the general public, with children, art lovers and even a cheeky little addition from street artist Stik adding their mark.
RUN added a number of his abstract yet recognisably human characters and Noir produced an epic wall filled with the sort of figures he has honed over the years since making his name producing them, under cover of night on the Berlin Wall. All in all it’s added something a little bit unique to one of Londons greatest museums, it will last until 1st June so be quick if you want to catch a glimpse.
Museum of London Street Art Gallery