Mural of the Month! The Tapestry of Life

… it’s like the circle(of life) but made of fabric!!! Anyway enough of my silly play on words. This month’s mural is a rather run down affair (well, there’s a surprise) located on Lavender Hill. It was created by Christine Thomas in 1983. It was the first mural funded by the GLC (Greater London Council).

As you can see, it is really ropey with some areas completely missing! And if you get close to much of it, you can see it’s a-peel! Here’s a close up of part of a peacock feather:

And actually the paint peel can be rather beautiful in it’s own special way. This is proper mural dereliction!

Interestingly as this is painted on a house gable which was once inside a house, it has the chimney spaces which create some shelter for parts of the mural. These sections are generally in mint condition as can be seen in the picture below.

There are lots of beautifully painted wildlife in the mural – this cockerel is rather lovely:

So please, folks, have a look before it entirely disappears. See how many different plants and birds you can count (I wonder if there is more than the Big Splash mural which is by the same artist!!) For more information, read here!! And if you do visit, get a picture taken of yourself with the mural – we’ll put it up here!

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Other Murals “of the month” local to this piece include:

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The London Mural Preservation Society aims to bring murals created over the last 40 years back into the attention of the people of London and out further afield into the rest of the UK and the world.
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