Yes, where is my mural? Amazing how many of then just disappear overnight, a lick of paint here, a lick of paint there and the murals gone. Makes them much harder to preserve when they have disappeared. In fact, it makes them harder to study – it’s difficult to remind the people of the histories without the visual stimulus.
So what’s gone then? Well last year we lost the mural in Wandsworth Train Station. It’s a piece by Brian Barnes and had his trademark views of Battersea power Station.
It also had a picture of this diesel engine which does past through the station – Brian has been told that some aspect of it isn’t quite correct – the interaction between artist and trainspotter!
And thanks to sarflondondunc on Flickr we can still see what the murals looked like.
So that’s one? No big deal???? What else has gone? The mural in Mayville Estate has gone – just a few weeks ago! The community centre that the murals were on is being reworked.
And where else? well the very badly damaged Market Estate murals have gone now in the last few months. (photo by Fin Fahey on Flickr)
And then there’s big one in Woolwich by Greenwich Mural Workshop that got painted over in 2008.
And then there are those at risk!
The Calthorpe project might build against the best bit of their murals.
Battersea Puzzle is still likely to be demolished.
As is Mauleverer Road Mural
There are plans to paint over Highbury Grove mural which is in a bad state.
The future of the building that Nuclear Dawn is on is unclear.
As is the future for the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre. It’s likely they will move out of their current building which will be sold and this will probably mean the end of that mural.
So as you can see, many of the murals are likely to disappear soon. And it’ll be a case of you walking around the corner and wondering “Where’s my murals?” So please, give us a hand. Come on the walks, take an interest if you like the pieces, and help save out murals!