It’s one of the most iconic pieces of street art in Shoreditch and it’s prime location on Chance Street just by the crossing to Shoreditch High Street means that it is right in the heart of things. But ROA’s giant hedgehog, a staple of the scene for the past four years or so, has now received a makeover.
And to be fair it’s probably necessary, the tagging had got pretty bad along the base of the mural and although when that has previously happened it’s just been touched up and restored to it’s former glory, you can only do that so many times.
Besides, what is street art if it can’t evolve? By it’s very nature in an area like Shoreditch things have a shelf life and unless we are going to carry huge slabs of perspex sheeting everywhere so that these things can be protected, it’s got to be expected that things will change.
The resulting update from local artist Jim Vision now sees the graffiti riddled base of the mural replaced with cavemen carrying spears and attacking the poor thing. It even comes complete with it’s own little cave drawing. It’s an ingenius way to breath new life into the piece and to re-energise the wall.
Belgian artist ROA is well known for his urban animals which encroach upon the the walls of the cities he visits. In London there are still a number of long standing pieces which have stood the test of time over the years but this one is probably one of his best known. We featured a number of his London artworks on this post a few years back.
Jim Vision is also a busy artist and his work too can often be seen in the area. Just around the corner from his cheeky update to the hedgehog he’s added a mural onto another popular spot on Whitby Street adding to works from the likes of Jimmy C and Ben Naz. So if you can get out to Chance Street to spot the hedgehog then it’s well worth catching those pieces too.
The Hedgehog with additions from Jim Vision can be seen on Chance Street in Shoreditch which is a short walk from Shoreditch High Street station. The wall was visited on 26 March 2017.
Chance Street and Whitby Street gallery
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