Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park Soanes Centre gets a street art makeover

Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park, the green eco oasis in the middle of the sprawling urban environment of Mile End has been having a bit of a makeover of late courtesy of some of the country’s top street artists.

It wasn’t that long ago that the railway arches which form the boundary of the southern end of the park were painted with some spectacular murals as part of the ‘Endangered‘ campaign which aimed at drawing attention to the plight of animals around the World which are in danger and now the Soanes Centre at the entrance to the park has also received the attention from some of our top street artists

Endangered Wildcat by Roo

London based artists Lilly Lou and Roo were joined by  regular visitor to the City, Annatomix.  All their work will be familiar to regular readers of Inspiring City and the focus on drawing attention to animals in danger of decline continued.

Speaking to the organiser of the event, ‘Sugar For My Soul‘s’ Bablu Miah, the centre is an important go to place for local young people to learn more about the environment. Saying that linking street art as a means of drawing attention to the plight of endangered animals is a  good way of raising engagement on this subject.

Not all the murals were finished by the time we arrived.  A monsoon storm put paid to that with pieces from Annatomix and Lilly Lou unfinished at the time of writing.   They’ll be back though within the next few weeks to finish them off.  Anna’s geometric bees will draw attention to the decline of the bees and Lilly’s colourful typography will welcome people into the Soanes Centre.

Unfinished because of the rain but Annatomix will be back to complete this geometric bee

Roo meanwhile had already spent the past few days painting her cartoon animals in much better weather.  The results being a cute Red Squirrel, Hedgehog and Wild Cat all species that would at one time have been a regular sight in Britain.  I had to admit, I couldn’t remember the last time I saw a Hedgehog once such a regular sight.

The number of murals around the park certainly make Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park a good place to go now to see street art.  It’s only a  short walk from Mile End underground station so if you go then check out the Soanes Centre and the arches as well as, of course, some of the lovely wildlife in the Cemetery Park itself.  Until then have a look at the gallery below to get a flavour of the art on show.

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Soanes Centre Gallery

lilly lou
Lilly Lou’s unfinished typography welcoming people into the centre
soanes centre
Paint ready for the artists
Endangered Hedgehog from Roo
Wildcat playing with a butterfly from Roo
Red Squirrel from Roo at the entrance to the centre
Roo’s Red Squirrel
Unfinished bee from Annatomix
Honeycombs from Annatomix

The Soanes Centre was visited on Saturday 25 June 2016.   You can also see work on the railway arches in the park by clicking here.  


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