It looked like New Years Eve was brought in pretty well at the Leake Street Tunnel. Wandering around on the first day of 2016, the debris of the night before could still be seen, cluttering the lane as the street sweepers took a day off.
In fact, there was an eerie stillness about the tunnel today. A lone writer was the only person to be seen amongst the broken bottles and other accumulated rubbish. Leake Street is of course just a stones through away from the London Eye where the main fireworks would have taken place and where crowds will have gathered to watch. There must have been quite a party.
Transforming the Tunnel
There’s also been a noticeable change of tack happening in the tunnel of late. It’s roof has started to be used more and more. Artists seem to be trying to get some longevity out of their pieces by painting higher and higher. Ironic considering that for years it’s all about painting for the now, knowing fine well that someone else will come to paint over your work the next day.
And indeed there are some impressive pieces to be seen, Olivier Robieu’s portrait of Zabou dominates with work from others including Hannah Adamaszek, Psychodoodlz and Donk of all people who seems to have thrown himself into the Leake Street world with an audacious piece.
So anyway it’s New Years Day 2016 and if there were tumbleweeds around they would have been blowing down the Leake Street tunnel. It’s quite nice when it’s quiet and of course there is always some good art to see, both on the roof and on the walls. So here it is, the new years art of the tunnel.
The Leake Street tunnel was visited on New Years Day 2016 and all pictures in this post were taken by Inspiring City. For some other posts about the Leake Street Tunnel try these on Femme Fierce, the Ben Naz paint jam and this alternative photographic journey.