By Esin Huseyin
Carrying on the theme of streets, this week I’ll be taking a look at famous murals.
The street art usually captures the essence of an area or conveys the history, this week I’ll be showing you both – have you been to see any of the murals below?
This teeny tiny mural packs a small punch; depicting the Great Western Road you can see the cartoon characters waiting at a bus stop. What you think is a mirror image, however is not. Do we really spend that much time waiting for buses that they work their way into our mural?
On the corner of Dagnall Road and Culvert Street, Brian Barnes painted this beauty in 1988. This aerial view is beautiful and highlights Battersea in all it’s glory, but the birds eye view is also playing another purpose. This particular mural plays homage to the famous aviators from the area, you can their pictures also.
Just off of Tottenham Court Road you can find this mural residing on Whitfield Gardens. Painted in 1980 by Mick Jones (who did the top half) and Simon Barber (who did the bottom), is one of London’s best known murals. Jones’s half is an attack on large-scale developments, the feeling of gentrification is one we all know too well. Barber focuses on Fitzrovia as a place.
Apocalypse on Coldblow Lane
Located on the North end of Coldblow Lane, warmongering world leaders, and Michael Heseltine, race around the world – catch the pigeon style. For added comedic value cruise missiles also spew trails of cash. Brian Barnes is at it again, he painted this in 1983 Designed by uber-muralist Brian Barnes in 1983. This satirical mural still hits home with it’s message!
Beneath Kilburn tube bridge, Kilburn High Road, you’ll be able to bag yourself not one but two and a half murals. Not that we’re paying. The piece was created in 2004 by the Signal Project as the largest commissioned work of graffiti in the UK. Images of people leaving the city for the countryside, and vice versa are accompanied by fanciful beasts and famous locals such as HG Wells. The stark contrasts of grey to greens is amazing, making this one of our favourites.