Yes, we’re back with mural of the month! Where shall we go? What shall we see?
Lets head up to North London and to a quiet garden in Kings Cross. The Calthorpe Project is an example of reclaimed space for the community. Back in 1984, local people fought against the space being converted into office blocks. They won and the rest, as they say, is history. The site is a peaceful oasis of garden, community centre, sports pitches and food growing areas. Please people, go and visit the place!
So enough about the project and onto the murals. The sites side wall is covered with murals. These were done in 1984 by Community Service Volunteers led by artist Dave Bangs. The ideas for the piece were gathered from the different groups involved with the project. Unfortunately some of the pieces are quite damaged In this case, faded paint and wires across the art work!
The sections of the mural which I personally think are the most interesting are the parts executed by Dave Bangs. In these sections, he shows the story of the Calthorpe project. Here it is when the land is still rubble:
The middle part of the painting is work in progress. Interestingly everyone portrayed along the bottom were people involved with the project. In fact I met one of them when I visited! How lovely to be painted onto the walls!
Other Murals “of the month” local to this piece include: